Thanks to four area Ruritan Clubs, Sandy Ridge, Lawsonville, Francisco and Rock House, North Stokes baseball field has a new flag pole. On Friday night Boy Scout Troop 465 assisted with raising the flag during the dedication ceremony before the varsity game kicked off.
Cody Finch, president of the Sandy Ridge chapter, said they held fundraisers in February to help raise money for the program along with the other organizations.
“We knew they needed a flagpole. That’s what we do as Americans, salute a flag. This was a need they had and I think the players and fans will appreciate it for years to come,” he said.
Deborah Ellington, also a part of Sandy Ridge Ruritan Club, said after one of North’s coaches reached out to her they got on board right away.
“We were glad to be a part of it.”
Installing a flag pole for the team wasn’t an easy feat mainly because the project had to meet wind specifications, building inspectors, and funding.
“Coach Sauer and coach York really talked it up in the community and they’re really the ones that deserve the credit for connecting us with the Ruritans. I’m excited for the team and the school because it’s something that will be here long after we’re gone,” said North Stokes principal Nathan Rasey.
In the future, the flag will be raised before games and taken down afterwards.
“It looks great,” Sauer said. “We’re very thankful for the Ruritan clubs being a part of this. It means a lot to our kids and the program.”
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