Few modern kids are familiar with the "Chip Hilton" series of sports books written by the great basketball coach Clair Bee. Hilton was Bee's fictional high school sports hero and role model who not only excelled in sports but learned to make the right decisions in life.
So, Chip Hilton Sports couldn't have chosen a better winner for its annual award than Hofstra's Charles Jenkins. The honor was announced today along with the Coach Clair Bee Award that went to Butler coach Brad Stevens. Jenkins won the Chip Hilton Award over other finalists Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young, Robert "Robo" Kreps of Illinois-Chicago and Andy Polka of Loyola University.
The Chip Hilton Award goes to a graduating senior men's player for demonstrating outstanding character, leadership and talent similar to the qualities that characterized the hero of the 24-book Chip Hilton Sports Series that enjoyed its greatest popularity from the 1940s to the 1960s. It was re-released in 1999.
Jenkins became the 63rd player in NCAA history to surpass the 2,500-point mark, totaling 2,513, and he averaged 22.6 points per game as a senior while leading the Pride to a 21-12 record and third-place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 14-4 mark. He did it all while wearing a No. 22 jersey to honor the memory of his brother Kareem Albritton, who was shot and killed at the age of 22.
"Charles has visited children's hospitals, participated in reading programs at local elementary schools, volunteered at the St. John's Home for Boys in Far Rockaway, New York, and has spoken at numerous youth basketball clinics," Hofstra athletic director jack Hayes said. "In 20 years in this business, I have never seen a student-athlete get more from his or her college experience than Charles."