For some time now, 5 News has been telling you about the troubles with the sports programs at Barbour Middle School. Their funds were so low, the program was about to end. Luckily, with the help of the community, enough money was raised to keep the program intact for another year. On Saturday, they were busy helping to raise even more money for that cause.
Billy Lee Brown is a senior at Phillip-Barbour High School. For the past couple of years, the community has held a motorcycle ride to raise money for health problems he's had since he was an infant.
So much money has been raised for Brown, that he doesn't have to worry about paying for any future surgeries. That's why he decided to pay it forward, by donating all the funds raised from his motorcycle ride to the Barbour County All Sports Program.
More than 60 bikers took part, and rode for about 150 miles.
Brown was out riding when 5 News was there, but we did catch up with the middle school football coach. Earlier this year, he organized a walk from Phillipi to Canton, Ohio to raise money for the sports program. He talked about why it matters so much to the kids.
"It's important to their overall development and to provide them with the opportunities that everyone around us has. And it's important to the community. It gives families something to do. It gives kids a place to go and keeps everybody involved with the school system. It's like a community connection-sports programs are," said Nick Mayle.
Mayle said it costs about $34,000 to fund sports for a year.