DOBSON — For the eighth consecutive year, members of the Surry Community College baseball team assisted the Surry County Sheriff’s Office in organizing and delivering food to needy families in the area.
The student-athletes distributed more than 250 boxes in the community on Saturday under the direction of Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson.
“We couldn’t have the success we do without the help from the Surry baseball team,” Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson said. “We really appreciate their assistance with this project.”
Starting at 8 a.m., more than 30 baseball team members and coaches helped to unload boxes, sort food items, and deliver the food to individuals in the community.
“I think it shows our team members they are extremely fortunate and that sometimes we take simple things, like a good meal, for granted,” Surry Baseball Coach Jamie Lowe said. “This is my sixth year of assisting with this project. Each year, it gives me and all of our team members a great feeling to help those in need from our own community.”
The project, which began around 20 years ago by the Surry County Sheriff’s Department, has assisted numerous needy families in the area.
“I truly appreciate all of our student-athletes and coaches, along with Sheriff Atkinson and his staff for their help,” Surry Athletic Director Mark Tucker said. “Our baseball coaches and players were right in the middle of the assembly line helping pack food for the donation boxes. They all went out in the community and made deliveries to needy families. It really is an incredible event for our student-athletes and coaches. It is a great feeling to see the appreciation from our community members after receiving the food.”
Plans have already been made for next year and beyond. “Sheriff Atkinson asked us to partner with them again next year,” Lowe said. “I told him we would be there every year to help as needed.”
The Knights open the 2014 season on Feb. 8, at Spartanburg-Methodist College in Spartanburg, S.C. Surry’s home opener is scheduled for Feb. 10, against Belmont Abbey College.