The MPSSAA honored Charles Hudson with the NFHS State Award for Outstanding Service at a pregame ceremony prior to the Boys Class 4A State Basketball Championship game on Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m. in front of numerous friends and family. The award is in recognition of service and contributions in support of the MPSSAA and high school athletics.
Charles Hudson’s contributions to the MPSSAA span at least 70 years. Directly after World War II, the MPSSAA hosted its first state basketball tournament. That first year, in 1947, coincided with Mr. Hudson selling tickets for entry into the boys basketball tournament. This upcoming tournament will mark the 70th consecutive year that Hudson has worked and sold tickets at the state tournament. In addition to his hard work and dedication, Mr. Hudson has brought a positive personality and spirit to MPSSAA tournament staff members and spectators alike.
During those 70 years, Hudson was present for the relocation of the boys basketball state tournament from Ritchie Coliseum to Cole Field House to where it currently resides at Xfinity Center. A former educator and school principal, Hudson served as President of the MPSSAA from 1957-58. He is a former baseball umpire and has worked numerous other MPSSAA events over the years. Mr. Hudson remains a loyal fan and supporter of athletics at all levels. Please join us in congratulating Charles on a record that will stand like no other!