Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on May 01, 2013 @ 5:45PM
Created on May 01, 2013 @ 5:33PM
For the past few months, 5 News has been keeping tabs on the efforts to save middle school sports in Barbour County.
Just a few weeks ago, the Barbour All County Sports Organization presented the board of education with a check to cover those funds for next year, but they're not stopping there. In fact, students are now getting involved with the cause.
Billie Lee Brown is an 18-year-old senior at Philip Barbour High School. When he was young, he had to have numerous surgeries to correct problems with his ears.
Unfortunately, those surgeries didn't help, and after several complications, Brown suffered substantial hearing loss. Since he was young, he's had to have many expensive surgeries to help with the problem. But, those procedures quickly started adding up.
That's when community members in Barbour County stepped in to help. They've been holding fundraisers to help the Brown family.
Now, Billy Lee wants to pay it forward. He plans to donate the money from a fundraiser this Saturday to help fund the sports in the county.
His family said it's time they give back to those who've helped them.
"He's just an exceptional kid, he's very caring. He has a sister and a cousin getting ready to start middle school, and he couldn't imagine not having sports when he was in middle school, so he wanted to do it for not only his sister and cousin, but for the rest of the kids," said Shelly Wolfe, Billy's cousin.
If you'd like to support them, you can head to the Philippi city building between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to register.
It costs $10 per bike and $5 for your passenger.
All the money raised will go toward the Barbour all county sports organization and the Philip Barbour FFA association.
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