HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Recreation Department recently received baseball equipment valued at approximately $3,500 through Jeff Johnson Chevrolet in Hillsville and the Chevy Youth Baseball Program.
This is the 8th year for the Chevy Youth Baseball Program, a grassroots initiative that has established a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve.
The 2014 program will provide assistance to more than 330 leagues in the Northeastern region and Chevrolet dealers will contribute more than $600,000 in monetary and equipment donations.
Stanley “Sam” McLendon, recreation director, said the donation to the department was “exciting and certainly appreciated.”
McLendon said the department worked with Brad Horton, a member of the Johnson staff, in receiving the equipment. “Brad worked with us to get what we needed,” McLendon said.
The department received two pitching screens, 10 Tee ball stands, pitch counters for the umpires and 300 lineup cards.
Ashley “Chops” Lamb, rec department program director, said the T-ball stands and screens were heavy duty quality that included the Chevrolet logo.
McLendon said the department could receive additional funds from the dealership. On Saturday, June 14, Johnson Chevrolet will have vehicles at the recreation department at 129 Ballpark Drive near the Carroll County Recreation Park. Johnson will donate $25 to the department for every person who test drives one of the vehicles. The department could get up to $500 to spend on programs, equipment, and other items.
McLendon said the donation saves money for the county and provides much-needed equipment for the baseball program. He also recognized two other businesses that have made recent contributions to the department, McDonald’s and Twin County Funerals.
He said the baseball program was in full swing with about 560 boys and girls involved, an increase of about 150 over last year.
There are 10 Tee ball, nine machine pitch, seven minors, five ozone and three 13-14 boys teams. In three girls team softball leagues, there is one belle, two 12 & under and four 10 and under teams.
McLendon said the Carroll teams were also playing teams from outside the county to give players more exposure to different competition.
The rec department was also active in H.E.R.O. Day that was held May 3 when more than 800 people attended the event that featured sheriff’s departments, fire departments, EMS units and other emergency personnel in different competitions and other events.
“The Easter egg hunt went really well,” McLendon said, “with about 2,000 kids participating. The glow in the dark hunt was real popular. We also had face painting, balloon making, tractor train rides, an inflatable slid and other events along with the hunt.”
He pointed out that the rec department was working hard to promote “family oriented programs.”
McLendon said the department is also looking forward to working with the head football coach at Carroll County High School, Eddie Sloss.
Sloss took over as the new coach earlier this year. He was the defensive coordinator at Christiansburg High School last year.
“Hopefully Coach Sloss will be able to share with our coaches some plays the varsity Cavalier team will run each season to give the sandlot and other teams the opportunity to get accustomed to the plays at a younger age,” McLendon said.
McLendon said anyone interested in volunteering to work with our youth or in making a donation to the department to contact him at his email address, smclendon@CarrollCountyva.org. or call him at (276) 730-3191.