It may be spring before high school baseball revs up but North Stokes coaches Stephen Sauer and Chris York are already preparing for a successful season. The two recently organized a golf tournament at Hemlock Golf Course where proceeds from the event help offset the cost of needed equipment.
“Baseball isn’t a big revenue sport, so we have to be creative with our fundraisers,” York said.
Since coming on two years ago the coaches have drummed up funds with outfield wall ads from local businesses from Walnut Cove to Winston Salem.
“Modern Chevrolet really helped us kick off our sign campaign in 2014 and continue to be a major supporter today,” York said. “Fundraisers are vital to all schools and all sports. Especially non-revenue sports at small schools like North. You can only reach out to the same people for a donation so many times. That’s another reason we decided to host a golf tournament. We were able to reach out to a completely different group of people.”
Fifty-eight golfers participated in the tournament and some drove in from as far as Kinston and Roanoke, Virginia to support the cause. Local business rallied as well with generous donations to restaurants and sporting goods stores.
“We were able to give away tons of prizes and lots of gift cards,” York said. “Modern Chevrolet provided a car giveaway for a hole in one. Someone came within two feet of winning it! Charlotte Motor Speedway donated tickets to the Bank of America 500 in October. Lunch was provided by Chick Fil A, Krispy Kreme, Subway and Pepsi.”
Winners from the first annual North Stokes Golf Tournament were: First Place team led by Tim Southern, Second Place team led by Jared Jones, and Third Place team led by Mitch Reeves.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at (336) 813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.