THE TOURNAMENT AND FIELD DEDICATION HAS BEEN CHANGED TO SUNDAY, APRIL 22, DUE TO THE WEATHER AND FIELD CONDITIONS! FESTIVITIES WILL START AT 10AM.
Hoosick Falls Central School District (HFCSD) will honor the memory of beloved former employee and coach Charlie Weeden on Saturday, April 21, with a Softball Tournament and Field Dedication. Games and festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon. Rain date is Sunday, April 22. Mr. Weeden passed away suddenly in August at the age of 69.
The ceremony and field dedication will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m., between the two first-round games of the tournament. Additional events will include mini Corn Hole Tournaments (Charlie’s favorite game) at 10:00 a.m., noon, and 2:00 p.m., at $15 per two-person team; and a 50/50 raffle (with tickets on sale before and during the day). Refreshments and ten dollar T-shirts will be for sale and donations will be accepted at the entrance. All proceeds will be added to the Charlie Weeden Scholarship Fund.
To say that the sudden passing of Charlie Weeden touched many in Hoosick Falls would be an understatement. Mr. Weeden was a caring, generous bus driver, transportation supervisor, and coach at Hoosick Falls Central School (HFCS) for many years. Generations of students, teachers, and residents fondly remember his kindness and big heart.
“I first met Charlie when elected to the Board in 1998,” said HFCSD School Board President Gregory Laurin. “His love, respect, and genuine dedication for every child he encountered at Hoosick Falls Central School always far exceeded any expectation I could have had for any of our staff, teachers, or coaches. He will always have my highest respect. He is deeply missed.”
“He was the type of person who would do anything for anybody,” said Eamonn DeGraaf, a teacher and coach at HFCS. “You could call him at four in the morning if you needed help and he’d be there for you, no questions asked.”
Charlie Weeden was a giant of a person,” added Ken Facin, Hoosick Falls Central School District’s superintendent. “He had the biggest heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He truly loved the kids in this community.”
Weeden was a part of the school’s coaching staff for the girls’ basketball team and the football team. He’s in the record books as Hoosick Falls winningest softball coach, with 262 wins over 20 seasons. That’s about four times the number of wins accumulated by the next coach on the list.
He led the HFCS softball team to four league titles, two sectional and regional titles, and took them to the state championships in 2009 and 2010. They also won seven MAU Tourney Championships under his leadership. He loved that he was able to coach his daughters, Jen and Andrea, as well as his granddaughters, Alyssa and Mackenzie in softball, as well as his son, James, in football.
The day’s events also will include the formal unveiling of the new dugouts at the school field. DeGraaf and his high school construction class rebuilt them from scratch in Charlie’s memory. The HFCSD School Board proposed and voted in August to name the softball field after Charlie.
“I’m very pleased the School Board decided to remember Charlie in this way,” said Facin. “It is our hope to continue his legacy of kindness, support, and leadership.”
Stated DeGraaf, “I am so glad my students and I could be a part of this tribute to my friend.”
For more details and information about registering, visit the HFCS website at http://www.hoosickfallscsd.org/or the Facebook page for the event at www. https://www.facebook.com/events/2076822075869388/.