Charlie Overturf, FHU baseball player, has been named the winner of the 2012 TranSouth Athletic Conference’s Dr. LeRoy Walker Champion of Character Award.
Overturf, a six-foot senior pitcher from Palatka, Fla., is a standout student-athlete excelling in the classroom and on the field as a member of the Lion baseball team. The pre-med major is a TranSouth and NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
Overturf’s activities outside the classroom and baseball have included two medical mission trips to Nicaragua, a humanitarian mission trip to Antigua, and antioxidant research with Cancer Research Institute of West Tennessee. He has been accepted by an ecological research team for the summer.
On the mound, the left-handed pitcher has a career record of 13-7 with a 4.75 earned run average. He also has a save. His numbers include 102 strikeouts in 138.3 innings pitched with 59 walks and two complete games in 18 career starts. He has pitched in a total of 41 games for the Lions.
Freed-Hardeman baseball coach Jonathan Estes said, "As a coach who has embraced the teaching and display of the core values associated with the Champions of Character program, I can think of no player, past or present, who has so ably exemplified these characteristics. He is a leader on our team, on campus, in the community, and overseas in displaying proper attitude and high character values."
Freed-Hardeman chemistry professor Dr. Jerry Thornthwaite said, "In the 15 years that I have been here at FHU, I rank Charlie Overturf as among the very best students, that I have had, if not the top one. I see him always willing to help a fellow student even though I know, as a student-athlete, his time is very precious."
Walker, president emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee who served as president through the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games, is also a former president of the NAIA. Overturf represented the TSAC as its nominee for the NAIA award.
You are absolutely amazing, Charlie. The Lord Bless you and Keep you in His service always!
Charlie, Congratulations--we are so proud of you!
Charlie, Thanks for your leadership. Keep Giving God the glory and your life will be a blessing to others.