This Holiday Season, for the ninth year in a row, returning and prospective baseball players at South Johnston High School took part in a community service project. We raffled off a $100 Wal-Mart gift card with 100% of the proceeds going to the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The baseball program at South Johnston got no money from this project, but the players involved reaped plenty of benefits. The players raised $3186.00 in ticket sales. It was great to see that people were still willing to give their support even in today’s economic climate. Jerry Durham of Four Oaks won the drawing for this year’s gift card and donated it back to the program to buy more toys. High salesmen for the Trojans were Kevin Honeycutt selling 471 tickets, and Colby Jones selling 323 tickets to this year’s raffle.
We concluded the project on Saturday December 14 by traveling to Wal-Mart in Smithfield where the players actually did the shopping for the toys. When all was said and done, the Trojan Baseball teams had purchased 484 toys valued at $3358.93 that will brighten Christmas morning for many children. The US Marine Corps Reserve had representatives on site Saturday morning. Mr. Calvin Spradlin USMC-Retired met the team at Wal-Mart on Saturday to receive the toys for Toys for Tots and get them headed to the hands of children on Christmas morning.
It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved, and it was great to see our young people working so hard for a worthy cause with no thought of reward. It is our hope that this project will help make the Holidays a little bit brighter for some children that might not have had much to look forward to on Christmas morning. One of the goals of the South Johnston Athletic Department is to help our student-athletes see the community and world around them, and to help them to understand that they have a responsibility to be a positive force in the lives of other people. This project is one of the ways we encourage our student-athletes to give back to their community. Over the past nine years, the Trojan Baseball program has raised $28,478.21 to buy 4,046 toys to help make Christmas a more joyous time of year for less fortunate children. This is our ninth year of this annual project and we are very grateful that the Marine Corps Reserve, Wal-Mart, South Johnston High School, and the community work with us in making this project a success. If it were not for the individuals and businesses that purchase tickets every year, we could not be a part of this wonderful cause. Thank you and Merry Christmas to all. Keith Durham Athletic Director Head Baseball Coach South Johnston High School