I just thought this was something cool to be proud of.
This weekend my son, Richard Chakolis, III (but called RJ), won his 5th State Championship in three different sports. The Brooklyn Center Giants football team he started on (he was one year younger and played up three years) won two AAU State Championships in football, he won two State Championships in wrestling for Smackdown/Farview Park and this weekend he won a fifth State Championship with the Robbinsdale All-Star Baseball Team. The championships were held in Duluth. RJ hit a 3-run homerun July 15th (his birthday) in a very critical game to help the team advance in districts. RJ has been very successful the past six years.
His sister D’layla Chakolis, has also won three State Championships with her Farview Park team and the Minnesota Stars.
We have been so blessed watching our kids be successful. My dad, Richard Chakolis, Sr., taught at Minneapolis’ North Community High School for 30 years and won several city wrestling and track titles, so the apple does not fall far from the tree. As a high school student at North I also was selected All-Metro (Randy Shaver twice) All-State for football and wrestling a couple times. My son, RJ, always ask who was better as a kid, him or me, and I always let him know he would not beat me. One of the most interesting facts about my son and our relationship, last year he placed fourth at nationals in Iowa in wrestling and I placed second at nationals in 1984. I also won a couple state titles in youth wrestling.
We have been so blessed to be successful in sports and it’s a tradition in the Chakolis family.