“A lot goes on that nobody ever knows about,” second-year Head Coach Chris McKelvey said. “Even when the season starts, we still have a lot of work to do on the fields and a lot of behind the scenes stuff that people may not know about.”
McKelvey said that despite softball not being the headline grabber each fall due to football, that they still try to do their best.
“It is very hard to compete being a secondary sport but we try,” McKelvey said. “Last year we spent almost 75 percent of the money raised to help move the old football visitors press box to the softball field, and while mounting the press box post up, we poured the cement floors and built a metal building for a press box/storage/concession stand. That took away a lot of our fundraiser money.”
McKelvey said that this year they are selling banners to be placed at the field, in hopes of raising money for the program.
“Anyone wanting to purchase a sponsorship banner to go on the outfield fence which can also be seen during the softball and football seasons please contact Benny Wayne Landrum or myself for more information,” McKelvey said. “Our sponsorship banners are a great way to show your local support.”
Last fall, a local company and a teacher helped the program out.
“Last year Davenport Lumber donated a bunch of materials and Todd Tillery’s class at Cedartown High School built a template and they were able to make some of the finest dugout benches you will find in this region,” McKelvey said. “It helps when people like Davenport Lumber and Mr. Tillery come together to help accomplish a goal for our girls. Hard work and dedication while using local vendors can make us a tight-knit community.
“But we need so much more help. Anyone wanting to help can call me at anytime. Your donations will be spent on these girls, this team and this field. There will be no money wasted,” McKelvey said. "We need all the support and help that we can get."
To contact McKelvey about helping the softball program out, call 706-506-5372.