Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NCHSAA's Adams receives order of the pine

Charlie Adams, long-time executive director of the North
Carolina High School Athletic Association, has received the prestigious
Order of the Long Leaf Pine from North Carolina governor Beverly Perdue.

Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the highest honors the
governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen. The award was created in
1965 and may be presented to residents in recognition of a proven record of
service or some other special achievement. The recipient receives a
certificate and the privilege of proposing, at any time, the North Carolina
Toast, which begins,"Here's to the land of the long leaf pine...."

Adams was presented his award on behalf of the governor by
Representative Verla Insko of the North Carolina General Assembly at a
dinner that Adams was attending in honor of Ray Fredrick and the Bouncing
Bulldogs rope skipping demonstration team in Durham, so it came as a
complete surprise.

"I was shocked but certainly very honored to receive this
award," said Adams. "I am very proud to be a North Carolinian and to be able
to serve in my state, so it makes this recognition very special. I thank
Governor Purdue, Representative Insko and all of those who were involved
with this. It was a tremendous surprise."

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine actually confers the rank of
"Ambassador Extraordinaire" for the state on the recipient.