In a recent post I ruminated over the amazing local popularity of Gerry McNamara, a hero worship that I think is fueled by the overwhelmingly white S.U. fan base pining for a star of their own.
Now comes word that G-Mac has been awarded the 2006 Chip Hilton Award. The award goes to the athlete who best exemplifies the traits of Chip Hilton, a fictional high school sports star featured in a series of books for young adults written by former college basketball coach Claire Bee in the 1960’s.
What was Chip Hilton like? According to Ken Garfield, the religion editor at The Charlotte Observer:
” He was the straight-A, high school sports star who hit the homer, dated the homecoming queen and valued sportsmanship at all times. He was a hero to kids with stars in their eyes. He was the guy we wished we could be. And even though he was fictional, he was as real as the hope we carried in our heart. Play fair, work hard and listen to your parents and you, too, could grow up to be as straight and tall and happy as Chip Hilton.”
You can’t make this stuff up.