Congratulations to retired Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Athletic Director Charlie Forster for being recognized by the Suburban One League with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Forster received the honor during a recent luncheon celebrating the league's 100th Anniversary.
The biography from the event's program highlights Forster's dedication to the students on and off the playing field.
Over the course of a 50-year career Charles Forster has never failed to put the needs of his students and student athletes first. Beginning as a teacher at Bensalem high school in 1967, Forster has worn many hats including coach, teacher, and athletic director, but perhaps his most important distinction was his ability to push his student athletes to be better people both on and off the athletic venues.
As an athletic director Forster was a Suburban One staple for 35 years, serving as the chairman of both baseball and football for the duration of his tenure at Plymouth Whitemarsh. He witnessed two state championships in boys basketball (1997, 2010), one in baseball (1993), as well as numerous individual championships in track, swimming, tennis, golf, and wrestling.
As athletic director, Forster also ushered in an unparalleled era of expansion of athletic programs at Plymouth Whitemarsh. During his tenure and with his guidance, the school began teams in bowling, boys lacrosse, boys and girls volleyball, competitive cheerleading, and the relaunching of the winter track and field program.
Perhaps Forster’s greatest triumphs have come in his pursuit of diversity and equality. In addition to the 15 new cultural, service clubs that were founded as he oversaw activities, he also established the Black Cultural Awareness Club and the Gay Straight Alliance Club. Never one to shy away from fun, Forster also ran the senior class trip to Orlando, Florida for 27 years.
Charlie Forster (center back row) with colleagues, friends, family, and coaches after receiving the Suburban One League Lifetime Achievement Award.