By WAYNE PHILLIPS
The late Dr. Walter C. Chapman, described by Greeneville Board of Education Chairman Jerry Anderson as "one of Greeneville High School's best sports ambassadors," was recognized Friday night at Burley Stadium with the unveiling of a plaque which will be placed at the school's training room which has been named in his honor.
Members of Dr. Chapman's family were on hand for the unveiling of the bronze plaque to be placed at the entrance of the training room at the stadium.
The Greeneville Board of Education voted unanimously in September to name the training room in memory of Chapman, who for some 30 years was a fixture on the sidelines at GHS football games and other school sporting event.
"Dr. Chapman provided not only medical assistance, but also financial assistance and mentoring to hundreds of student athletes over the years," Anderson said during the ceremony, held in a steady drizzle at mid-field prior to the kickoff of Friday night's football game with Morristown East.
During his time as GHS team physician, Anderson said it was estimated that Chapman personally attended over 500 sporting events in which the Greene Devils were involved.
"One family member said that 'Doc couldn't stand the idea of not being here if a player was injured,'" Anderson noted.
Dr. Chapman was instrumental in establishing the athletic trainer system at Greeneville High, and he dedicated years of effort with many other doctors and coaches to ensure that GHS athletes would receive the best medical care possible, Anderson told the crowd.
Anderson also asked that all local physicians, coaches, assistants and student athletes who worked with "Doc" during his tenure as team physician to stand, and many fans in the stands did that.
This past spring, the Chapman family established the Dr. Walter C. Chapman Sports Medicine Scholarship at Greeneville High for a student athlete with a financial need and who exhibited outstanding leadership and citizenship qualities both on and off the field.
"The naming of the training room and the scholarship in his name would have made 'Doc' extremely proud," the family noted in a statement. "It is a fitting legacy that 'Doc's' commitment to helping young people succeed in life will be remembered for many years to come."
Dr. Chapman's family members present for the ceremony were his widow, Jan Chapman; his children: Walter and wife Mary; John; and Wilton and wife Lisa and their children, Brittany and Will Jr. Also present was Dr. Chapman's sister, Mrs. Evelyn Brown.