Saturday, December 20, 2014
By many accounts, Charles "Chuck" Taylor is Columbus, Indiana's most famous basketball alumnus. Born in 1901, Chuck started wearing Converse shoes as a high school ball player and at age 20 was hired by the company to sell the very same shoe. Within a year he helped change the design of the 'All-Star' and 600 million pairs later "Chuck Taylor Day" was celebrated at the annual rivalry game between North & East. The old Bulldog gym was built in 1954 (20 years before the split that created North & East) and has been home to many great teams, including the current squad (ranked 5th) and the 1963-64 Semistate champs honored this evening. But rivalry games are just that and the Olympians put up a good fight before falling to their cross town rivals, 65-51. In the end, this game is about more than just a final score - it's a community coming together to celebrate their history and passion for the game Hoosiers call their own. CGS.