Charles S. Young III
Charles S. Young III
Hometown: Westport, CT
Team: Soccer

Charles S. Young III '72
Hometown:
Westport, CT
Sport:
Soccer
Year Inducted:
1983

Charles S. Young III ’72, better known as Chip, had a head for soccer in more ways than one. Witness this November 8, 1970, report from the Brown Daily Herald: “Fullback Chip Young, playing with an injured leg, headed in a fourth-quarter goal, giving Brown a 2-1 victory over Cornell yesterday…Young severely strained a muscle last Saturday against Princeton and was not able to resume practicing until Thursday. Wearing a brace that almost completely covered the leg, he leaped high for a Rudy Zeller corner kick on the far post and headed it in over everybody with 17:10 left in the game.” A consistently smart and aggressive player, from Westport, Conn., Young used his head and his skills to help Brown compile some impressive records during his varsity career under Coach Cliff Stevenson (9-4-2 in 1969, 10-3-1 in 1970, and 7-6-2 in 1971). He attained the unusual, and perhaps unique (at Brown) distinction of being named first team All-Ivy in all three of his varsity years, and was one of only two sophomores so honored in 1969. He was All-New England in 1970 and 1971, and honorable mention All-American in 1970. Young combined with his classmates Karl Schrick and Hall of Fame member Jim Ohaus to give Brown a superb fullback line. Few people know, however, that Young is lucky to have played soccer at all. “I was born with a congenital hear defect, a hole about the size of a fifty-cent piece in my heart,” Young says. Not until he was nine years old did open-heart surgery develop sufficiently for doctors to operate on him. “In 1959 I became one of the earliest children to have open heart surgery.” Without the operation, “I would not have been able to even participate in gym class by my teens, and probably wouldn’t have lived past my twenties.” The heart defect and its repair are not something Young talks about much, but, he says, “something like [my induction] makes me think of just how lucky I was.” Brown, too, was lucky. Young continued to play soccer for semi-pro teams in New England after graduation, and also served two years as public relations director of the American Soccer League. Today he lives in Cranston, RI, and is sports editor of the Providence Eagle, controller of Bear Wear Co. of Providence, a member of the Professional Soccer Reporters Association, and New England correspondent for Soccer America magazine.