2016 GCBLA OFFICER

Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association

DR. WALLACE CHANDLER 

DR. WALLACE CHANDLER

GCBLA CO-FOUNDER

GCBLA CO-FOUNDER


Long before his blood, sweat and tears were sacrificed in his quest for academic excellence and before the degrees were stockpiled, Wallace Chandler grew up in “Flytown” a rugged and unforgiving section of Columbus located a little south and east of the Ohio State campus.


Many local basketball legends honed their skills in Flytown on makeshift courts of dirt, wooden palet backboards and net-less rims. Wallace learned the game of basketball under those less than ideal conditions and when he enrolled as a student at Central High School, he not only invested supreme effort as a academically inclined student, but also became a dedicated student of the game of basketball.


Wallace played basketball for the World Military Team while overseas. He then earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Ohio State University, and taught “Philosophy of Education” at Texas Southern University. Dr. Chandler has a passion for sharing knowledge with people of all ages and backgrounds but has a particular fondness for sharing historical information with young people and is always willing to inform the masses about the glorious history of Flytown basketball and/or the African-American experience. Dr. Wallace Chandler has become the unofficial basketball historian of Columbus.