The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) is pleased to announce the NEWMAC SuperFan of the Month Award for February. Clark University's Earl "The Pearl" Wilson has been selected as this months honoree for his dedication to Clark University athletics and his incredible half court shot skills!
Everybody knows Earl. If you talk to him once, he's your friend. And that's how it starts. And that's how it started at Clark University.
Earl had already become a legend in his hometown of Milford, Mass., regularly attending high school games and interacting with everyone he could. The Hawks then head coach Steve Manguso and his players embraced him so much he started going on road trips with them. Then in 2013, Manguso retired from coaching high school hoops to join longtime friend Paul Phillips coaching staff with Clark. And of course, Earl came too. And so did his amazing trick shots.
Whether at home games when he's high-fiving tickets takers, to anyone at the scorers' table or on the road where he takes pictures with opposing players after games, everyone knows when Earl's in the building. But the show truly begins at halftime, where unsuspecting people will wonder what this guy is doing at mid court at halftime. It only takes one incredible over-the-head, back-to-the-basket, one-handed heave to swish through the net for them to figure it out. With student-athletes from Clark's baseball team rebounding for him and someone capturing the incredible feats on their phone, Earl gets the crowd rocking with that first make. It is not unheard of to have him make two, three, even four in a row.
A quick scroll of Earl's Facebook page shows he has nearly 5,000 friends and his most recent photos show him making his trademark shot at gyms all over New England. Haven't seen him put on his amazing halftime show yet? Don't worry, he's coming to a gym near you soon enough!
The Superfan of the Month Award is an initiative by NEWMAC SAAC and the campus SAAC groups at our 11 member institutions. The goal of the honor is to promote good sportsmanship through the conference and recognize those who support their favorite teams and represent their institutions respectfully.