Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on April 10, 2013 @ 7:02PM
Created on April 10, 2013 @ 4:50PM
For the past few months,one group has been trying to fight to save middle school sports in Barbour County.
Well, some good news for those folks because they've reached their goal to fund the programs next year, but they're not stopping there.
Just three months ago, the group set out to raise the $34,000 needed to fund the sports, and with the help of determined community members and teachers, they've already reached their goal.
However, that doesn't solve the problem for good. That's why members of the group are going to continue raising money, so that this doesn't happen again in the coming years.
They've been able to achieve this by holding several fundraisers, as well as a big help from two Philippi Middle School teachers who walked to Canton, Ohio to raise money for the cause.
Those teachers, Nick Mayle and Marcus Johnson, completed their walk this past weekend.
Members of the group said since they've gotten so much support, they don't want to stop raising funds.
"I think it's very indicative that we have to have faith in our communities. That's it right there, and faith in people like Nick Mayle and Marcus Johnson that put themselves out there to bring attention to this," said Edward Poling of the Barbour All County Sports Organization.
It was also reported that Barbour County superintendent, Joe Super, recommended using volunteer coaches.
He said that's not true, and was proud of the organization for raising the money.
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