Christy, Cole, Rodia, Ward named to Havre de Grace High's 2012 Hall of Fame Class

September 26, 2012|RECORD STAFF REPORT

Distinguished alumni Earl Christy, Sheldon W. Cole, Ernest Rodia and Lou Ward have been selected for the Havre de Grace High School Hall of Fame, the committee overseeing the hall of fame announced Monday.

The Havre de Grace High School Hall of Fame will induct its third class on Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. at a ceremony to be held in the school auditorium. The ceremony coincides with the school's homecoming celebration.

Selections to the hall of fame are based on the nominees accomplishments in their chosen fields and how they exemplify the Havre de Grace High School motto, "Enter to Learn -- Leave to Serve."

The four inductees to the HHS Hall of Fame Class of 2012 are:

Earl Christy (Class of 1960, Havre de Grace Colored High) -- Earl Christy attended Havre de Grace Consolidated School, where he as known as "All World" for his athletic and academic accomplishments.

You name it and he did it. In track and field, Christy high jumped 6 feet and 4 inches and threw the shot put 49 feet, 9 inches. In addition, Christy's basketball prowess was legendary. He had a 40-inch vertical leap and once scored an amazing 43 points in a single game while the opposing losing team scored a total 42 points. Christy is a graduate of Maryland State College which is now known as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Christy, a dean list student, graduated from MSC in 1967 with a degree in Physical Education.

He played for the New York Jets from 1966 to 1969. He played halfback and defensive back and during Super Bowl III, he had a 25-yard kickoff return. Christy ended his professional NFL career with 34 punt returns for 222 yards and 58 kickoff returns for 1,323 yards. Christy was an integral member of the Jets 1968 Super Championship team.

In addition to being an ordained minister and archbishop, Christy has been a football coach at Cheney State, a member of the Harlem Wizards professional basketball team, a TV sports personality, a producer of E.C. Sports, a broadcaster for over 30 years, a physical education and health instructor, an Elementary School Teacher of the Year, a motivational speaker, an instructor for Common Cents Business Seminars and the inventor of Sports-a-Cise, a board game of exercises for both youth and adults.

Christy encourages young people to make their dreams a reality through his organization "Team-Mates Team-Up," of which he is founder and CEO. He continues to spread his love of football around the world teaching the game in various countries including many African nations. Christy's honors include being selected for the All-State High School basketball team, being named Sports Athlete of the Year at U.M.E.S. and being inducted into the U.M.E.S. Hall of Fame.

Sheldon W. Cole (Class of 1943, Havre de Grace Colored High) -- Sheldon W. Cole, a humanitarian, educator, consultant, businessman, writer, and diplomat, was born March 13, 1926 in Havre de Grace.

After graduation, Cole earned a B.A. Degree from Princess Anne College, now known as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and a M.A. Degree from New York University. In addition, Sheldon completed post graduate studies at UCLA and the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C. Sheldon formerly served as Chairman of the Industrial Arts Teacher Education Department at Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Cole joined the Foreign Service in 1956 and worked in and out of Washington for nearly 33 years. He and his wife were posted to Cameroon in West Africa where he served as Technical Advisor to the government's Teacher Training College in Kumba. Sheldon and Leona Cole remained in West Africa for eight years. His last assignment in Cameroon was in Buea where he served as the Principal of Ombe Technical College. Later, they were transferred to Enugu, Nigeria. During his tenure with the Foreign Service, he was posted to Swaziland and later to Malawi where he was Mission Director just prior to his retirement in 1985.

Cole's professional associations include the Center for Information Dissemination on Africa, Coker-Smith International Associates, Inc., NAFEO, African American Institute, The Eye Foundation, Agency for International Development and VISTA. He was elected to be a Board Member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Cole has also received the Meritorious Honor Award of the Agency for International Development, the Southern Regional Outstanding Man Award from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and an Outstanding Service Award from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.

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