East Surry Softball Team Featured In National Magazine

A North Carolina high school softball team is the subject of a feature in a national magazine.

The East Surry softball team was recognized for great community service in the November 2011 issue of High School Today, a publication of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The feature appears in a section entitled "Above and Beyond" and is written by Laura McClellan, a writer from Nashville, Tennessee, who actually works with the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

East Surry played Starmount in a game on April 6 as part of a fundraiser called "Beat Cancer with a Bat," which benefits the Natonal Foundation for Cancer Research. The campaign invites softball teams across the country, whether high school, college or community teams, to participate by committing to donate proceeds from at one least one game to NFCR.

Special t-shirts were sold, as well as balloons on which attendees at the game could write the names of loved ones who have battled cancer. The East Surry players released the balloons in their honor at the game. The first pitch was thrown out by the grandfather of an East Surry player who has battled cancer.

The activities raised $2,100 in just one night. The entire story can be found in the November issue of High School today at the National Federation web site: http://www.nfhs.org/hstoday/.

 Congratulations to East Surry on the job coach Derrick Hill, the East Surry softball program and student body did with this important endeavor, and our thanks to the NFHS for featuring an NCHSAA school.