- On May 8, The Herald Bulletin will sponsor the annual Johnny Wilson Awards. Johnny, a good friend of Carl Erskine, starred in basketball, football, track and baseball during his careers at Anderson High School and Anderson College. He led the Indians to a state basketball title in 1946 and later played Negro League baseball and for the Harlem Globetrotters. Johnny went on to become a successful coach and administrator.
Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh conceived the Wilson Awards several years ago as a way to honor high school multi-sport athletes in an age of sports specialization. Each spring, local schools are invited to nominate a male and female athlete. Then a panel at The Herald Bulletin selects the winners based on athletic success and good standing in the classroom and as a citizen. The winning athletes receive scholarships.
This year, the awards luncheon will take place May 8 at Anderson Country Club.
The Wilson Awards, the premiere of “42” and the Muller Tournament each, in their own way, reach out to the community. We hope that one of these events will stoke your urge for community involvement.
Editor Scott Underwood’s column appears Mondays. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 640-4845.