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Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, and Frank Brown, PhD, are recognized for their Years of Service and Dedication to CSU Athletics

Headshot for Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, 2x3 1.jpg?resize=480%2C720, pain,orthopaedicChamp L. Baker, Jr., MD, and Frank Brown, PhD, are recognized for their Years of Service and Dedication to CSU Athletics

Champ L. Baker, Jr., MD, received The Sonny Clements Athletics Director Award on Friday, April 28, 2017. Because of prior commitments, the award was accepted by his son, Champ L. Baker III, MD, at the Columbus State University (CSU) 2017 Hall of Fame Program held at the Country Club of Columbus. To acknowledge his appreciation of the award, Dr. Baker prerecorded a video for the event.

Sonny Clements was CSU’s first athletics director; therefore, the award notably recognizes someone who has helped strengthen the CSU athletics department. “Knowing that Dr. Baker and his outstanding colleagues at the world- renowned Hughston Clinic are a part of our team clearly states our commitment to the health and welfare of our student athletes,” CSU Athletics Director Todd Reeser said in a news release. “Dr. Baker has been a common thread through many years of athletic success at CSU, and it is highly appropriate that we recognize him for his generous and caring support.” Dr. Baker has served as team physician for CSU for over 30 years. During his years at CSU, he befriended Dr. Frank Brown who was the university’s president.

In Dr. Baker’s prerecorded video, he congratulated Dr. Brown for receiving the Herbert Green Golden Cougar Award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a donor by the CSU Athletics Department. The award recognizes someone who has shown dedication and support for CSU student athletes and the athletics department through exemplary service, leadership, and financial support. “During Dr. Brown’s tenure as the university’s president (1988-2008), he attended countless sporting events both home and away while clapping, yelling and being one of the Cougars’ biggest fans,” Reeser said. “He knew all the student athletes’ names and the sports they played. He can still be found sneaking in the stands to watch the Cougars play even now that he is retired.”

Dr. Brown is past-chairman and Dr. Baker is the past-president of the Hughston Foundation’s Community Board.