while running errands today, charlie and i stopped in the downtown athletic store in seminole square. i hadn’t realized how many sports stores are in seminole square. charlie wanted to see if they had any squash balls. they did and i really liked the store. we’ll have to remember it’s there the next time we need any sports items.
“Downtown Athletic Store was established in 1946 by Carl Deane and two business partners. Carl played college football at Duke University and participated in the 1939 Rose Bowl in Pasadena. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in World War II. After returning to Charlottesville, he opened Downtown Athletic Store in 1946 in Downtown Charlottesville. Carl was one of the original ACC football officials and was inducted in both the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame and in the Virginia State Athletic Wall of Fame recognizing his contributions to athletics ranging from youth groups to colleges. Today, his son David carries on Carl’s tradition of volunteering, giving back to the community, and managing the team sales department. Carl’s daughter, Maureen, helps out on the retail side of the business. Carl’s wife, Ilma Deane, still comes into the accounting office on a daily basis like she has over the decades. Downtown Athletic Store gifts thousands of dollars in the form of sponsorships and donations to the communities it services each year.” – from the “about us” page