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Riderwood’s Charley Hudson is always active, both on and off the field

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August 25th, 2017
Two rows of softball teammates in blue and white jerseys an caps.

Lifelong athlete and retired coach Charley Hudson coaches Riderwood’s softball team, which competes in an annual tournament against sister Erickson Living communities Charlestown, Greenspring, and Oak Crest.

 
 

Charley Hudson started playing sports when he was just two years old. His mother played basketball, and his father played semi-pro baseball, so it’s safe to say that Charley inherited athletic genes.

He attended Snow Hill High School in Worcester County, Md., and played basketball, baseball, and soccer. He attended Salisbury State Teacher’s College and the University of Maryland, and played baseball at both schools. 

For nearly 40 years, Charley worked as a physical education teacher, coach, athletic director, and administrator in Prince George’s County schools. He proudly reports that in 17 years of coaching sports, he never had a single losing season.  

Charley is now retired and 94 years old—but you can still find him on the baseball field. He lives at Riderwood in Silver Spring and coaches the resident softball team, which competes every summer in a tournament against sister Erickson Living communities Charlestown, Greenspring, and Oak Crest

Tournament time

The Riderwood team starts practicing twice weekly in March and then increases to three times a week in May to prepare for the June tournament. 

“It’s great exercise,” Charley says. “I have some good ball players.”

The softball tournament typically takes place at Charlestown in Catonsville because the community has a baseball field on its campus. 

The tournament has been going on for 13 years. Charley moved to Riderwood in 2005 and joined the team as catcher. He later took over as coach when the former coach stepped down. 

Interestingly, Charley has known one of the players on his team for decades. Fellow resident Gordon Ward played baseball at Bladensburg High School, and his team competed against the Maryland Park High School team that Charley coached. 

“My team always won,” Charley says proudly.

Terp for life

Charley graduated from the University of Maryland and is a proud alum. He held football season tickets until recently and says he was at every home game from 1941 to 2015. He still has season tickets for the women’s basketball games. 

Charley’s son, daughter, and granddaughter are also University of Maryland alumni.

“I still belong to the alumni association and go to things as often as I can, and I used to play golf on their course,” Charley says. “The University of Maryland has been a big part of my life.”

Charley was recently honored by the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations at University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center. He received the Federation’s inaugural award for outstanding service in recognition of the 70 consecutive years he organized state high school championship baseball and football games and supported fundraising efforts for those games. 

Charley is a member of the United Methodist Church and has been teaching Sunday school for the last 50 years. 

He’s also helped to organize trips for the Prince George’s County Retired Teachers’ Association. Over the last 33 years, he’s traveled extensively with the group. In total, he and his wife of 70 years, Ann, have visited 43 countries on 6 continents. 

“We went to Australia and New Zealand for a whole month and 17 countries in Europe. We’ve been down to Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and all over Canada,” Charley says. “We spent two weeks in Africa, took a cruise down the Nile River in Egypt, and we spent two weeks in Israel.”

Back at home, he’s looking to reclaim the cross-community softball title after placing second to Oak Crest this summer.

 

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