Spartanburg Day School senior Charles Richard signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Sewanee: The University of the South on Wednesday.
With social distancing guidelines in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Charles sat at the signing table outside of the Webster Athletic Complex with his immediate family as his teammates and supporters looked on from their cars in the parking lot. As he signed, they honked their horns and cheered in celebration.
Charles has played basketball for the Griffins for six years, playing with the varsity team for the last two. He became a starter during his senior year, helping lead the team to the quarter finals of the SCISA State Championship Tournament. During his career, Charles has assisted on more than 75 baskets and scored more than 250 points.
Off the basketball court, Charles helped the SDS varsity boys’ soccer team win a share of the Region Championship in his junior year and was also a member of the track and field team. He is active in the community as an ambassador for Ball4Good and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate, which recently named him the 202 Betsy Williams High School Youth of the Year. He is described as “determined, dedicated and hard-working.”
Athletic Director Joy Couch commended Charles for his determination and commitment to Spartanburg Day School.
“Charles has emerged as a leader, not only in competition, but across our campus,” Couch said. “His welcoming smile and quiet demeanor encourage all who know him to trust and follow his lead. His hard work has made his dreams come true, and we wish him the best.”
Charles reflected on his time as a Griffin since becoming part of the school community as a seventh grader.
“I’m grateful for all of the experiences and relationships I’ve made along the way. I’m also grateful that the Day School gave the me the opportunity to be a student-athlete. I truly miss will my Day School family next year, and even though I will become a Tiger next year, I will always be a Griffin.”