Mr. Hooff is remembered as a powerful three-sport athlete, excelling in football, basketball, and baseball. The 1931 edition of Whispers notes, “Alexandrians are notoriously tough; Charlie is no exception, at least on the football field. He looked tough, he acted tough, and the opposition was quite sure he was tough.” In The Game vs. Woodberry Forest in 1930, Mr. Hooff turned the game around by catching a well-executed pass and running half the length of the field for the first score of the game, which ended EHS 12, WFS 7.
Mr. Hooff played varsity baseball for five years and served as the team’s captain in 1932. He hit several homeruns, including a three-run game-winner in the last inning of the Gonzaga game during his senior year.
It is noted in Whispers that Mr. Hooff was “a good ball player, a good captain, and a good man … Small wonder that he endeared himself to everybody here, when he personified so fittingly the ideals of the School.” Mr. Hooff also played varsity basketball for two years, and the Whispers staff wrote, “Whenever this lad was injected into the fray, the opposition was forced to reckon with a powerful guard.”
At Episcopal, Mr. Hooff was a Senior Monitor and a member of the Fairfax Literary Society, the Missionary Society, the Hop Committee, E-Club, and the Advisory Board.
In 1999, he was selected by the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club as one of the “100 Greatest Athletes.” After EHS, he was the captain of the baseball team at University of Virginia and played semi-pro baseball in the Shenandoah Valley League.