Knights spend day with Surry Special Olympians
With his team currently tied for first place in the Region X standings, Surry Community College baseball coach Tim Collins decided to let the team have the day off April 12.
Instead of honing their game on the diamond, the Knights’ baseball team instead chose to spend that time volunteering with the Surry County Special Olympics for the day at Surry Central High School. That decision ended up being a home run for everybody involved.
“We just felt like we would do that instead of practice, get the kids involved and let them see what they are thankful for and how excited those athletes are and how much it means for those kids,” Collins said. “We served refreshments, walked around and supported and talked to the athletes. We spent most of the day with them from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and after we helped parks and rec department with the tear down.”
During the special day, Collins said the team would go to events and root for members of the Special Olympics’ team, who in turn wanted to talk to the Knights about baseball. Surry players also ran the refreshment center and made sure the Special Olympians were hydrated and fed.
“Our players really enjoyed meeting the kids and interacting with the athletes,” Collins said. “It was a good time. I have a really good bunch of young men and they were excited about the opportunity and jumped at it. It makes me proud.”
The team’s involvement with the Surry County Special Olympics goes further than just one day, however. Recently, Surry sophomore Michael Roberts raised more than $500 for Surry County Special Olympics in recognition of seven-year-old Samantha Bode. Roberts chose Bode and the Surry County Special Olympics to focus his fundraising efforts in the 13th Annual World Power Showcase Home Run Derby in Miami at Marlins Park at the end of 2018. Roberts presented the check to Bode and Roberts on the baseball field earlier this year.
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