Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association

2015 GCBLA inductee

DR. WALLACE CHANDLER

CO-FOUNDER GCBLA

DR. WALLACE CHANDLER
Co-Founder GCBLA

PLAYER

2015 GCBLA INDUCTEE

COLUMBUS, OHIO


Category: PLAYER

Recognition

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 pallet 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 The 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.


Career Highlights

  • Wallace Chandler grew up in “Flytown” a rugged and unforgiving section of Columbus located a little south and east of the Ohio State campus.
  • Wallace started his basketball career at Central High School in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Wallace played basketball for the World Military Team while overseas.
  • He then earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from The Ohio State University, and taught “Philosophy of Education” at Texas Southern University.
  • Dr. Wallace Chandler has become the unofficial basketball historian of Columbus.