The NC High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has announced the winners of the 2020-2021 Commissioner’s Cup Award for Community Service. The eight winning schools participated in and documented a team or athletic associated group performing some type of service project or community service. Schools had their team or teams identify a need within the community and create a plan to conduct the service project.
The rising senior on Princeton High’s football team spent their summer of 2020 cooking chicken plates for over 600 frontline workers. Throughout last year, this group of young men performed services in order to fund a foreign service trip.
Unable to travel due to the pandemic, the football team quickly shifted to supporting local heroes at the frontline against COVID-19. Their efforts fed employees at local hospitals, doctor’s offices, the Town of Princeton, and the fire department.
Principal Jarvis Ellis said, “Coach Travis Gaster and his Staff make community service a part of the football program. They work to teach the players not only football skills but also skills in life such as character and citizenship. We are proud of our “Football Family” as it is called and excited that their service work off the field is being recognized by the NCHSAA.”
The other seven winners across the state included the Lincoln Charter High women’s golf team, Pender High men’s soccer and volleyball, Franklin High School, Mount Pleasant High Athletes Who Share Unselfish Moments (AWSUM) Club, North Henderson High volleyball, Cox Mill High School and R.J. Reynolds High baseball.
Each winning program will receive a $1,000 stipend for their respective team or school athletic program.