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Basketball Court to be Named in Honor of Alum and Harlem Globetrotter Chuck Holton

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From St. Norbert College, August 23, 2023
by Eva Westein,, 920-403-3153

St. Norbert College will dedicate a basketball court in honor of Chuck Holton, the college’s first African-American graduate. The dedication of Chuck’s Court will take place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in the Ray Van Den Heuvel Campus Center, 419 First St., on the college campus.

Holton starred in basketball and track while attending St. Norbert, graduating in 1952. He went on to play six years with the Harlem Globetrotters, then returned to his hometown of Milwaukee to become the director of health and human services for Milwaukee County and the executive director of Milwaukee’s House of Peace. Holton died in April 2022 at the age of 91.

Holton’s brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Mary Holton (members of St. Norbert College Class of 1966); St. Norbert College President Laurie Joyner; and other invited guests and students will be on hand for the dedication.

“We’re thrilled to be able to honor the impact that Chuck had on our campus by dedicating this space in his name,” says Todd Danen, philanthropic relationship manager at St. Norbert College. “Chuck was a star athlete in two sports and a very active student.”

The college has also created the Holton Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded to students from historically underrepresented populations.

For more information on the dedication, contact Tori McNeal at or 920-403-3916.

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