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Cade Hancock of Elizabethtown, a junior at Harrells Christian Academy, has raised more than $25,000 for two charities in the American Junior Golf Association’s Leadership Links competition. In recognition of his accomplishment, Cade was invited to play golf with PGA Pro Ricky Fowler at one of his home courses in Jupiter, Florida.
Over 100 junior golfers participated in the competition, started in 2009 by AJGA to encourage young, talented golfers to gain real-world experience in how to connect their sport to helping others and giving back. Cade’s first step was to identify a charity of his choice to receive 50% of any donations he raised, with the other 50% going to the AJGA grant program for underprivileged junior golfers. Cade’s choice of Operation Smile was simple and swift. Having watched his sister Cassie undergo more than ten operations to repair the cleft palate she was born with, he was eager to support an organization that provides those repairs to other kids with a similar need.
That eagerness didn’t mean that the work of raising funds was easy, or that Cade didn’t have fears about joining this competition. When his father first proposed that he sign up, Cade felt mostly hesitation. Then, as he later testified in church, “I heard a still small voice telling me to do it, and I got on board.” Setting what seemed an unreachable goal of $1,000, Cade started writing letters, knocking on doors, and making phone calls. When he reached $1,000, he set a new goal, and kept going.
Cade’s golf coach and HCA’s Assistant Headmaster Andy Wells could not be prouder of his player. He says, “I am truly excited for Cade, not only for the money that he raised for these charities, but that he was able reap the rewards of his work by winning the competition. It’s the same work ethic that has made him such a good golfer with such great potential.”
By the end of the competition, Cade’s $25,000 in donations from 118 donors topped the amount raised by any other young golfer in the history of the Leadership Links competition. “It’s been amazing to watch,” said Cade’s father Jim Hancock, “but not unbelievable. We said just turn this over to the Lord, do the best you can, and see where it goes.” Cade adds, “At the beginning I definitely did feel some hesitation. And if it weren’t for that still small voice I would not have reached anywhere near that amount. I’ve gained a whole lot of new confidence and skills, and my sister was real tickled that I chose Operation Smile. I’m so glad that AGJA does this.”
HCA Basketball Coach Named MVP at ACC Barnstorming TouHCA Basketball Coach Named MVP at ACC Barnstor
Beaulaville, NC • April 12, 2017— ACC fans and local players gathered together for the ACC Barnstorming game at East Duplin High School Wednesday night where they were able to watch, and for two Harrells Christian Academy coaches, play against some of the ACC’s biggest stars.
At the end of the night, HCA Athletic Director and Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Clayton Hall was named MVP for the East Duplin All Star team, a collection of local players invited to square up against the ACC players, including a handful of recently crowned National Champions from UNC Chapel Hill, in a short game of basketball.
Hall and his brother, Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at HCA, Nolan Hall, played against the ACC stars as a part of the East Duplin All Star team. Both Nolan and Clayton are proud HCA alumni.
Speaking on the event Clayton Hall stated, “It was truly an honor for my brother and I to play a fun game of basketball against some of the best college basketball players in the country.”
HCA senior Sierra Votaw attended the event as a spectator and was amazed to see some of the hottest names in NCAA basketball up close and personal. “I grew up in South Dakota and we don’t get to experience things like this,” said Votaw. “I don’t think everyone understands how unique it is to be able to see guys like Luke Kennard up close and personal just down the road from your house at a local high school.”
Every Spring the ACC Barnstorming Tour chooses eight different locations around the state to host its ACC Barnstorming All Star Games. The ACC All Star teams consist of seniors and, occasionally, players who have already decided to turn pro from Wake Forest, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, and ECU. They are coached by former Tarheel player and former Sacramento Kings point guard Phil Ford.
After the game is over the ACC All Stars hold a 15 minute autograph and picture session so all the fans get to meet their favorite players.
This year’s ACC team included Luke Kennard, Amille Jefferson, and Assistant Coach Nolan Smith from Duke University; Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, Stillman White, Nate Britt, and Kanler Coker from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BJ Anya, Terry Henderson, and Tucker Thompson from North Carolina State University; Trent VanHorn from Wake Forrest University; and Andre Washington and Caleb White from East Carolina University.
“We would like to thank East Duplin High School for allowing us to participate. It certainly is a memory that we will never forget,” added Clayton Hall.
On Friday, January 13, 2017, Harrells Christian Academy’s “Pink Out” fundraiser raised over $16,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s Play4Kay program and honored local cancer victims and survivors in a special ceremony.
Under the direction of Holden Quinn, Athletic Prefect, the event began with a simple goal, to beat the money earned the year before. “I knew we had a ton of work to do, so we started brainstorming different ways to make our goal. I knew we had been recognized for our achievements the past three years in a row and I didn’t want to let the school down by not achieving that again,” said Quinn.
The entire K-12 student body took part in this spectacular event which kicked off earlier in the week with a pie a teacher in the face fundraiser. By Friday, students competed for who could wear the most pink and the senior class held a pep rally to get everyone hyped up for the big game and the fight against cancer. From a three-point shootout and dunking contest to a blindfolded makeup application contest, the pep rally was full of fun and laughter and pink.
Friday evening, JV and Varsity basketball teams played their hearts out on the court, surrounded by a whirlwind of balloons, a silent auction, and mini fundraisers throughout the gym. This year Quinn invited Pork City Que, a food truck out of Rocky Point, to provide brisket, barbecue, and chicken to hungry fans.
The night was capped off with a moving halftime ceremony during the varsity boys game, complete with a special appearance by Sampson County’s own Chasity Melvin, a former player under Coach Kay Yow from 1994-98. Fighters and survivors of all cancers were invited out on the floor and a lighting ceremony was held in memory and in honor of all cancer patients. At the end, Quinn presented a pair of pink boxing gloves to Tracy Moore, an HCA mother who is currently in the middle of her fight with breast cancer.
“HCA did an outstanding job with their event as far as their fan and community participation, and a donation that far exceeded expectations,” said Melvin, who currently serves as the Fund’s Director of Communications. “Their half-time celebration of the survivors added a sentiment that everyone in the audience could feel,” she added. “We appreciate all the young adults for their commitment to charitable excellence and the community for exemplifying what the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Play4Kay movement is all about.”
Since 2007, the Kay Yow Play4Kay initiative has raised over $3 million dollars in support of women’s cancer research and related projects. The initiative carries out Coach Yow’s vision to unite coaches, student-athletes and fans in the fight against women’s cancer.
Since 2014, Harrells has been named a division winner, contributing more to the Play4Kay program than any high school in North Carolina.
HCA teacher Meredith Horne added, “We have to give credit to Debbie Campbell, the HCA parent who started our Pink Out games. And this event’s success wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors who gave so readily and so generously. We are so blessed to live in such a giving community.” Sponsors for the event included: Star Communications, Performance Automotive, Duplin Winery, Deacon Jones Automotive of Clinton, The Beach Shop and Grill, Bill Carone Chevrolet, GMC, Buick of Wallace, Black, Chesnutt, & Johnson PA, Southern Bank of Kenansville, Hobbs Auto Sales, Lee Graham - Farm Bureau of Wallace, and South End Outfitters.