Surry baseball team assists sheriff’s department with food drive

While no score is kept when it comes to helping others, Surry Community College’s baseball team recently hit a grand slam with its service to the community.

For the 10th consecutive year, the Knights’ baseball team helped the Surry County Sheriff’s Department organize and deliver food to needy families in the area. Beginning at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning in December at Surry Central High School, the team helped Sheriff Graham Atkinson’s department deliver more than 350 boxes of food to needy residents.

“It’s a good feeling to know we had at least a small part in helping those who need it,” said Surry second baseman and team captain Ross Hoffner. “It makes you realize what you think you may be struggling with isn’t that big of a deal when you see others who are not as fortunate as you. It makes you appreciate the things that you don’t normally appreciate.”

Sheriff Atkinson said it would be impossible to do this project as efficiently as the sheriff’s department does without the assistance of the Surry Community College baseball team.

“It speaks tremendously for players and coaches to volunteer their time in helping out needy individuals in our area,” Atkinson said. “We have been blessed to have their help for the last 10 years and look forward to many more.”

In his first season as head baseball coach at Surry Community College, Shawn Hawk came away impressed with how much food the Surry County Sheriff’s Department was able to collect and give back to the community. The sheriff told Hawk the turnout was one of the biggest the department has ever seen. The Knights’ coach said being able to help deliver boxes of food at a housing development for seniors was a blessing for the team and everyone that participated.

“The people were so happy and it was just the greatest experience to see the looks on the players’ faces and the faces of people receiving the boxes of food,” Hawks said. “We actually got hugs from some of the ladies. It was such a great experience.”

Hawk said helping with the food drive was also a great team-building exercise. Taking place just as fall ball had ended and the fall semester was wrapping up, he noted it was a great way to get into the Christmas season of giving.

“Just the feeling they got being a part of that, you could see them just glowing with pride.” Hawk said. “We owe a huge thanks to the sheriff’s department for allowing us to be a part of something like that because it was truly something special.”

Surry opens the 2016 baseball season Jan. 30 in Dobson against the UNC-Charlotte club team.

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