By David Rogers. BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — Before they were adversaries, they were collaborators.
The Blowing Rock and Parkway middle school boys basketball teams were matched up in a championship tournament semifinal on Monday night, Dec. 12, but they weren’t thinking about that earlier in the day. Instead, they were working together to organize and deliver 16 gift bags for men residing at the The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge rehabilitation facility.
Of course, there were moms involved, too, but once the idea was sprung upon them, the student athletes from both teams eagerly embraced the community service project as something they wanted to do.
Rachael Mills, a mother of one of the Blowing Rock boys explained to High Country Sports, “In a conversation, a member of First Baptist Church in Blowing Rock mentioned the need for various things for men at The Foley Center and two moms with sons on both teams came up with the idea. The boys were enthusiastic about the service opportunity and jumped into action very quickly.”
The 16 large gift bags “manufactured” by the two teams included blankets, shaving kits, mirrors, body wash, shampoo, mini Christmas trees and other decor for their rooms at The Foley Center.
“And the boys each wrote personalized notes and greeting cards for the residents,” said Mills. “That was very special.”
Representing Parkway School were Samuel Oren, Chase Watts, Daniel Jones, Kaiden Chiarolanzio, Landon Gilbers, Luke Dilner, Avery Tester, Chance Triplett, Tyce Anderson
Parker Williams, Xander Law and Danny Bohoslavski.
Team members from Blowing Rock included Charlie Shive, Noah Blevins, Fletcher Farris, Knox Winebarger, Wilson Henline, John Wilson Mills, Cullen Sukow, Lucas Cash, Sean Rea, Carson Morris, Oryan Boling, Evan Cutlip, and Joaquin Miranda.