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Julius Cicero "J.C." Green Jr.

Contest Official
Inducted 1999

Julius Cicero Green Jr., a resident of Atlantic Beach, was born on November 25, 1925 in Thomasville, N.C. He attended Thomasville High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a degree in journalism in 1947. During World War II, he volunteered for duty with the American Field Service as a combat ambulance driver, attached to the British army in the China-Burma-India theatre of operations. He was a staff writer for the Florida Times-Union newspaper from 1950 until 1969, covering the courts, the Florida Legislature, and city, county and Federal governments. In 1969 he joined Florida Community College of Jacksonville as Director of Information Services and Publications. He served as an administrator at the two-year college until retiring in 1988.

Green's love affair with the game of basketball was unwavering. Known to his friends and colleagues as "J.C.," he was a dedicated basketball official for 38 years. His involvement with the game began as a player at Thomasville High School. His appreciation of the game only grew over the years as evidenced by his life-long support of his cherished Tar Heels.

Green was a long-time member of the Southern Association of Basketball Officials (SABO) and served the organization in many capacities, including President, Vice President, Booking Commissioner, Secretary, Member-At-Large and Sergeant-At-Arms. He also was the architect of the SABO Constitution and Bylaws, having authored the original document, as well as numerous revisions and updates over the years. 

A registered basketball official with the FHSAA since 1961, Green officiated numerous state, sectional, regional and district tournament championship games for both boys and girls basketball, as well as officiating various state and national all-star games. He also worked the junior college circuit in North and Central Florida.

Green continued to officiate until he was diagnosed with metastatic brain cancer (three tumors) on November 25, 1998 – a direct result of a skin melanoma removed from his forehead in 1991. Despite a courageous battle, he succumbed to the disease on March 18, 1999, leaving behind JoAnn – his wife of 42 years and ardent supporter – five children and five grandchildren. He also left an enduring legacy of service to the basketball community.