CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

VICTOR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Comprised one would think mostly of members of the Victor Talking Machine Company workforce, the Victor Athletic Association, at one time 5,000 strong, was one of the larger clubs that were such a part of Camden's social life at one time. The group fielded sports teams in Camden's Industrial Leagues, and held other social events. 

When construction and operation of the speed-line trains which ran from Philadelphia underneath 5th Street rendered the use by RCA of the former Trinity Baptist Church as a recording studio, the building at 114 North 5th Street was turned over to Victor Athletic Association, which used it through at least the late 1940s.

Camden Courier-Post - January 5, 1928

 VICTOR WINS THREE AND TIES FOR LEAD
Y.M.C.A. JOLTED TWICE; FREIHOFERS SET RECORD; HURLEY SURPRISES

With the end of the first-half race in the Industrial bowling tournament only one week off, Victor went into a tie for first place by sweeping all three games from Woodbury while Freihoferís spanked Y.M.C.A pacesetters twice. Hurley Company took three from Warren Webster in the other match .

Freihoferís set a new league record by rolling 928 in the third game. Kruppís total score was 602 pins, an average better than 200. His high mark was 221. Miller, a teammate, rolled 203. Moyer, of Victor, twice rolled 202, while Simmons turned in a 210 for Warren Webster.

Camden Courier-Post - February 6, 1936

SIDELINE SLANTS
By FRANK KOPESKY

SPORTS in industry, widely recog≠nized as a means of promoting good fellowship and keeping harmony in the ranks, is especially effective at the RCA Manufacturing Company here. The tremendous amount of interest being shown in athletics by the employees is revealed by the membership figures of the Victor A. A., which has between 4800 and 5200 enrolled.

Elmer C. Morse, head of the personal relations department, is one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the sports organization. "The members of the club are enjoying themselves immenselyĒ he said. 

The organization was formed to promote better feeling among those employed at the plant, and the results have been better than expected.

"Everything is done voluntarily," he continued. "There is no need for soliciting, as most of the employees are greatly enthused over the various sport events and are anxious to take part either as a participant or spectator. The Victor A. A. has brought everyone into closer harmony, and we are looking forward to greater activities in the future."

The RCA Manufacturing Company has athletes of every description.

Of the 5000 or so members of the athletic  association, more than 1000 take an active part in the various events. The others are supporters of the teams and those who desire to take part in the numerous social functions.

The roster of athletes at present, including both men and women, is comprised of 250 or more basketball players. 700 bowlers, 125 ping-pong players and a target-shooting team. It would require columns of space to describe the various activities of each group. Both men and women compete in all sports and many out≠standing girl athletes play for the local industry.

In addition to participating in sports, the association each month holds a social event at the Convention Hall. At one party and dance at which Fats Waller provided the music and entertainment more than 5300 attended.

ALTHOUGH the bowlers have been active for some time, the Victor A. A. started as an acorn about two years ago and in that short space of time it has grown into a tremen≠dous organization. Baseball first blossomed forth on a large scale, and as time progressed other sports took a firm hold.

The chief topic of discussion at present is the inter-department basketball league of 18 teams, which will play three times each week. Many of the best courtmen in this section are on the roster of the various clubs and officials have attempted to keep the teams well balanced.

The former recording studio at Fifth and Cooper streets has been altered into a gymnasium and basketball hall for the benefit of Victor teams. This hall also is used by the girls' team, managed by Joe Ward, and a great deal of sports activities will be centered in it.

Roland R. Hitchens, former Bucknell University athlete, is athletic director of the association..

Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1936

ATHLETIC GROUP PLANS WASHINGTON PARTY

A George' Washington birthday party and dance will be held on Friday night by the Victor Athletic Association at Camden Convention Hall. The affair will start at 8.30 o'clock and an attendance of more than 3000 is expected.

Harry Kahn and his 14-piece orchestra will furnish the music and a floor show of four acts has been arranged by Roland R. Hitchens, athletic director of the local industry. The entertainment will include Jack and Jessie Gibson, trick cyclists; Bud Carlett and Company, formerly with the Barnum and Bailey circus; Lou Hoffman, comedy juggler, and The Three Jacks, musical comedy stars.

The affair is one of the many held by the Victor Athletic Association, whose membership is more than 5000.

Camden Courier-Post - February 19, 1936

ATHLETIC GROUP PLANS WASHINGTON PARTY

A George' Washington birthday party and dance will be held on Friday night by the Victor Athletic Association at Camden Convention Hall. The affair will start at 8.30 o'clock and an attendance of more than 3000 is expected.

Harry Kahn and his 14-piece orchestra will furnish the music and a floor show of four acts has been arranged by Roland R. Hitchens, athletic director of the local industry. The entertainment will include Jack and Jessie Gibson, trick cyclists; Bud Carlett and Company, formerly with the Barnum and Bailey circus; Lou Hoffman, comedy juggler, and The Three Jacks, musical comedy stars.

The affair is one of the many held by the Victor Athletic Association, whose membership is more than 5000.

Camden Courier-Post - February 21, 1936

VICTOR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION TO HAVE DANCE 

More than 3000 members of the Victor Athletic Association and their guests are expected to attend a George Washington party tonight at Convention Hall.

Harry Kahn and his 14-piece orchestra will furnish the music and a floor show of four acts has been arranged. The entertainment will include Jack and Jessie Gibson; trick cyclists Bud Carlett and Company, former circus stars; Lou Hoffman, comedy juggler, and The Three Jacks, musical comedy stars.

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