Laney boys soccer, Topsail baseball raise awareness, lend a hand to charities

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Laney soccer raising money for Pretty in Pink Foundation

Fall sports teams across the area are always striving to give back to the community they live in and the Laney soccer team is doing just that after teaming up with the Pretty in Pink Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

The Laney soccer team is helping raise money for Pretty in Pink Foundation. Photo courtesy- Laney soccer
The Laney soccer team is helping raise money for Pretty in Pink Foundation. Photo courtesy- Laney soccer

The players are out collecting donations and Coach Jamie Noble has issued a challenge to the Laney staff to join in, with several prizes to raffle off at their “Pink Out” game, which is scheduled for Thursday, October 8 against New Hanover.  The players are also going to be garnering support from the Laney student body during lunch periods.

“I’d love to open it up to other teams in our conference if they had an interest in helping out as well,” said Noble. “We have set a goal of trying to raise $500 to help out Pretty in Pink, and I hope we can reach that because they do some awesome work for other people.

“It’s also an opportunity to teach our guys about the importance of giving back to our community and helping those in need. Putting other people before yourself is a virtue that can help them out and make them a better person, and that development is just as important as anything that happens on the field.”

Pretty In Pink Foundation provides financial assistance to uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients with quality, life-saving medical treatment regardless of their ability to pay.  They make this happen with financial commitments through sponsorships, fundraising, donations and pledge drives that support our champions locally and throughout North Carolina.

Topsail baseball comes to call in the name of pumpkin

Players and coaches for the Topsail baseball team recently spent some time giving back to the Hampstead United Methodist Church by helping unload 3,500 pumpkins for the church’s annual pumpkin patch.

The Topsail baseball team helped unload 3,500 pumpkins. Photo courtesy- Topsail baseball
The Topsail baseball team helped unload 3,500 pumpkins. Photo courtesy- Topsail baseball

“It was truly a blessing to have them with us,” said Angie Urban Major.  “They were eager to help and it helped made a huge impact. In the midst of our panic and scramble to find enough volunteers to unload a full pumpkin truck two days before the scheduled date we got a blessing.

“Julie Cota helped get the word out to the Topsail High School baseball team and coordinated with the coaches to get the team at the church, putting aside their own work-outs. What a great feeling to see support like that outside of our church.”

Nearly 30 players from the Pirates program answered the call for the church, but for Coach Granville Gehris, the help provided is just one of many lessons being taught about giving back to the community in which they live.

“Being a Topsail baseball player is a lot more than just showing up on the field,” Gehris added. “The community has shown so much support and has given us so much during my time here it’s just doing our part when we can to help out.”