Friends of Basketball


Chappie Wells, Jr.

Year Inducted: 1988

Category: Friends of Basketball

Schools / Organizations: (Elgin) St. Edward High School
Elgin Community College
Elgin High School
Elgin Academy

Biography: Chappie J. Wells, Jr. earned letters in football, basketball and track in each of his four years at St. Edward High School in Elgin. He was also a letterman and co-captain in basketball at Elgin Community College. Wells served two years at St. Lawrence Grade School where his teams went 48-6. Wells is truly an Elgin basketball fan. He has followed St. Edward, Elgin, Larkin and Elgin Academy. He’s held season tickets to all the schools for many years, still retaining his at St. Edward and Elgin. Wells attends all the tournaments the two schools compete in during the years and is a fixture at the Illinois State Tournament. Wells conducted a summer basketball league for high school teams at the community college for two years. Wells has found time to attend DePaul, Notre Dame and Illinois basketball games. He’s always on the banquet circuit for St. Edward and Elgin. Wells says he enjoys all basketball, but the high school games is what the sport is all about. He credits high school basketball with paving the path for good young men and better athletes. Chappie Wells, Jr. died on November 22, 2011 at the age of 80.