BUCKHANNON — A local man was nominated and has now become a finalist as the March Madness Superfan, a contest run by Superfan Championship on Instagram. After weeks of competing and the NCAA Tournament cancellation, he still represents Buckhannon as one of the final two contestants.
Originally from Maryland, Charles Hayes has been living in West Virginia since attending West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2011. He has become a big part of this community, from becoming the WVU “Mountaineer Dancin’ Man,” to being a teacher in the PALS program at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School. Hayes described the PALS program as an alternative learning program for children with behavioral problems, trauma, special education needs and learning difficulties. Delivered to children in preschool through fifth grade, it teaches all subjects, but Hayes said he focuses more on life skills for his students.
Hayes was contacted by Superfan Championship on Instagram to be a part of their Mountaineer Hoop Fans contest. The contest started with 16 college fans who competed in a photo contest for a chance to win a trip for two to the Final Four Tournament in Atlanta, which has now been canceled. Hayes is still hoping to garner the win but is unsure what he will actually win other than bragging rights now that the tournament was cancelled.
Pictures of the fans are posted on Superfan’s Instagram to be voted on by the community. To vote, someone must choose the colored heart that is designated to that Superfan and comment under the post. Whoever has the most “heart” votes, wins that round.
“I couldn’t have done this without Mountaineer Nation. Thank you for all the support and love you’ve shown me all these years. As for the competition, thank you for voting for me,” said Hayes.
If you would like to vote for Charles Hayes as the 2020 biggest fan, go to Superfan Championship on Instagram and comment with a yellow heart his picture. Voting begins March 20 and ends at midnight on March 22.