Charles “Poss” Houck began his athletic career at the Boys High School in 1912, competing in football, basketball, and baseball. He played college football at Gettysburg College in 1916 and continued his sports participation while in the Army during World War I. He returned home to write sports for the Frederick Post, spending years organizing and promoting numerous local athletic teams. He later was assistant sports editor for the Baltimore Sun, serving the Baltimore Orioles on road trips. Highly respected by his peers, Houck was an unselfish advocate for athletics.