Hudson distinguishes himself on, off the field

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By The Staff

Ken Hudson has distinguished himself in a host of endeavors in a life of service to others. Hudson had an outstanding career in education working with the Lancaster County School District.

The plus for the district is that Hudson was able to share his talent with schools throughout the county. He worked in a variety of fields, including guidance, teaching, coaching, administration and as an athletics director.

A member of First United Methodist Church, Hudson often devotes his time to help others. Over the years, he’s reached out to help others in need through mission trips.

One of Hudson’s passions is officiating high school football games, something he’s done for more than 30 years.

Recently those years of dedicated service were saluted as Hudson was honored as the National Federation of High School Officials Association 2008 S.C. Football Official of the Year.

Hudson’s work as a prep football official includes calling games as a linesman and back judge, his field position over the last five seasons.

In receiving the honor, Hudson was quick to credit some officials who guided him in the right direction and offered sage advice in helping mold his career in enforcing the rules of the game.

Those mentors include the late Columbus “Big Daddy” Parker, Sam Spann, John Jenkins and Arthur Benjamin. Hudson said each man had a positive impact on his prep football officiating career.

Hudson has called 24 state title games and is a member of the S.C. Football Officials Hall of Fame. His career also includes working the Carolinas’ top post-season all-stars games, the Shrine Bowl and North-South All-Star contest.

Hudson is also the S.C. Athletic Officials Association representative on the S.C. High School League’s Executive Committee, a board which represents the governing body of interscholastic competition in state high school athletics.

Hudson’s selection for his latest honor included such criteria as years of experience, ratings and general knowledge of the rules.

“Ken’s very professional, knows the rules well and uses good people skills to perform his duties,” said Roger Hazel, the assistant commissioner with the S.C. High School League. “He’s the kind of guy you want out there.”

Hudson, in launching his high school football officiating career, noted the group of men who provided a positive role model for him to follow. He now ranks as one of the state’s top high school football officials, but hasn’t forgotten those who helped him reach the pinnacle.

Hudson obviously listened well and stands as an official to emulate for those seeking to follow his footsteps.

We salute him for his latest honor and for making the right calls the right way.