Charlie Fredrick invested his time in doing what he loved, and the people who knew him would say he loved Winton Woods City Schools. It was where his wife Mary Jo, daughter Maureen and three sons Chuck, Joe, and Mike, spent a lot of their time as a family. On August 26, Winton Woods expressed to the family its deep appreciation for Mr. Frederick’s dedication to the district by honoring him posthumously at its regular board of education meeting. Members of the community, staff, and family members reminisced through heartwarming stories and testimonials that spoke of the impact Mr. Fredrick had on the Winton Woods community and athletic department.
“I am a product of Charlie Fredrick fighting for me,” said Athletic Director David Lumpkin. “He was a tremendous leader and a hall of fame athletic director who led by example.” Superintendent Anthony G. Smith acknowledged Mr. Fredrick for being “a catalyst in the community, not only in sports but also in the field of education.” In 2018, the Fredrick family started a scholarship fund for two Winton Woods students to receive $500 every year.
“My dad loved his job,” said Mike after mentioning a time his dad took him to drag baseball fields. “It really spoke to the passion he had for his job.” His younger brother Joe expressed his appreciation for Winton Woods after naming their football-track stadium in his honor. “I don’t think anyone spent more time at the stadium than Dad did,” said Joe. “We cannot be more grateful for how kind you have been to my father. Thank you.”
On Friday, September 13, the Warriors hosted Upper Arlington High School in the Charlie Fredrick Stadium. It was the first home football game of the season in honor of Mr. Frederick’s dedication, commitment to and love of Winton Woods City Schools.
PHOTO CAPTION: Shown (l-r) at August board meeting are Joe Fredrick, Mike Fredrick, Mary Joe Fredrick, board member John Cuppoletti, and Athletic Director David Lumpkin. Photo by Drew Jackson.