And - it occurs to me - but for the influences of leaders, coaches, and teachers at places like Charleston High School, my life would have turned out quite differently. Today, a child facing the types of challenges I faced is called "at risk" and a wide range of services are available to try to help that child along in his or her development.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, no programs like that existed. I could have easily been "on my own," without direction or ambition.
I am a child of Charleston. I am an example of how this caring community embraced me and helped me along those many years ago - and still embraces me and shows me that same caring and love today.
It would be easy for me to remember the hard times as a child and have unpleasant memories of Charleston, but rather, I choose to remember how a community and state have always been supportive of me, encouraging to me, proud of me.
So, thanks for the fun times the weekend of the Charleston High All-Class Reunion in August. Whether catching up with other CHS basketball players (of both my era and later eras), or meeting new friends, or having a wonderful evening at Adelphia, I learned again that Charleston is truly special ... especially to me.
Thank you, Charleston! You pulled together to give me a better start than I might have had, and you've supported me through every stop along life's journey.
Hundley, a retired sports broadcaster who now lives in Phoenix, played basketball for Charleston High School, WVU and the NBA.