Karen Stevenson might not have set out to blaze a trail, but she did. Charles Waddell, too, was ahead of his time. For the second straight year, Carolina Athletics on Saturday will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Trailblazer Award, and this year’s honorees are memorable in a myriad of ways.
Tar Heel Trailblazer: Charles Waddell
Charles Waddell came to Carolina on a football scholarship with the understanding that he would have the opportunity to play basketball. Waddell’s first year on campus, 1971-72, was the last before freshman became eligible to compete in football and basketball. He participated in spring football practice that year. But in his sophomore season after the Sun Bowl that December, Waddell joined the JV basketball team.
Charles Waddell, Karen Stevenson To Receive Tar Heel Trailblazer Award
For the second year in a row, Carolina Athletics will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Tar Heel Trailblazers award. This year’s honorees are Karen Stevenson and Charles Waddell. Stevenson, who competed in track and field at UNC, was the first African-American female to earn a Morehead Scholarship at UNC. She went on to become the first woman from UNC and the first black woman in the nation to earn a Rhodes Scholarship, in 1979.
USC ADs root against alma mater
A pair of prominent members of South Carolina’s athletics administration will root against their alma mater Saturday when the seventh-ranked Gamecocks visit North Carolina. USC athletics director Eric Hyman and associate athletics director Charles Waddell were teammates on the Tar Heels’ 1972 football team that won the school’s second consecutive ACC title.