Hopewell High wins $5,000 grant for sports

HUNTERSVILLE – Hopewell High School parents, coaches and school officials earned a $5,000 grant to support the school’s athletics programs by organizing a grassroots effort to involve community members in sports mentoring.

To win the grant, provided through Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports Program, the school had to get as many community members as possible to complete an online course on sports mentoring. The course aims to strengthen the positive role adults can play in young athletes’ lives through helpful blogs, videos, curricula and podcasts.

Stuart Pirrung, sales representative from Liberty Mutual’s University City office, will present Hopewell with $5,000 in the school’s gym, 11530 Beatties Ford Road, following the 6:15 p.m. girls’ varsity basketball game Friday, Feb. 4. Hopewell is one of just 20 schools nationwide to win the grant.

“Hopewell High School has demonstrated a clear commitment to helping kids understand the life lessons youth sports have to offer,” Pirrung said in a news release. He helped the school coordinate its effort to win the grant. “By engaging in the Responsible Sports dialogue, parents and coaches have built a true alliance on the sidelines that creates a positive experience for their athletes and community. And by doing so, they’ve also been able to earn increasingly hard-to-find funding for their school,” Pirrung said.

Responsible Sports Program is a partnership between Liberty Mutual, Positive Coaching Alliance and a number of national youth sports organizations. Learn more at the program’s website, www.ResponsibleSports.com.

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