Charles “Chi-Chi” Maira

About This Inductee

Charles “Chi-Chi” Maira played football at Pittston High School during the years of 1944, 1945, and 1946. During those three years, Chi-Chi set a number of conference records. One of the most outstanding was the number of points scored in one season. This occurred in his junior year when he scored twelve touchdowns and kicked five extra points in seven games. This total of seventy-seven points led the Luzerne County Conference during that year. In addition, Chi-Chi scored ten touchdowns and kicked six extra points in six games during his senior year at Pittston High School. Furthermore, Charles Chi-Chi Maira has been acclaimed by many football fans as one of the premier running backs in the state of Pennsylvania. Chi-Chi, in addition to setting all kinds of scoring records, also holds records for number of yards gained in a single game and for the total season. Charles also played City League baseball. As a result of his great athletic talents, Chi-Chi was awarded scholarships to a number of colleges and universities. Among those are Georgia, Clemson, Miami, Kutztown, St. Bonaventure, and Virginia VMI. Charles played at the University of Scranton in his freshman year. However, because of an injury, Chi-Chi could no longer continue to play football. Later, Charles enlisted in the USAF where he played for the USAF football team. Charles belongs to the Old Forge American Legion and also the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars. In addition, Charles has been an employee of the Tobyhanna Army Depot for twenty-five years, and during that time he has received the following awards: Superior performance award; Special service award; outstanding superior performance award; Attendance honor roll award; the 10-15-20-25 year service awards. Charles “Chi-Chi” Maira is married to the former Sarah Azzeroni and has a son Charles. Charles is now retired and still very active in athletics in the community.