Hornets hosting golf tourney to raise funds for baseball team

Published 10:19 pm Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dallas County’s Corey Ingram throws a pitch during a game against Southside High School this past season. The Hornets will host a golf tournament fundraiser on July 25 to raise funds for new uniforms.

As Cody Massey takes over as the new head baseball coach of Dallas County High School, he’s looking for ways to raise funds and continue to strengthen the program.

Massey has organized a golf tournament to raise funds for Dallas County High School’s baseball team, which will take place July 25 at Ocmulgee Golf Course.

The tournament is a three-man scramble with registration being $225.

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Massey, who served as an assistant coach for the Hornets last season, said the money will help the team get new uniforms.

“We’re trying to raise money for the program because we’re trying not to make the kids pay so much for it — we’re trying to get a couple of new sets of uniforms,” Massey said. “This isn’t going to be the only fundraiser we do, but this is the main one involving the community. We’re trying to reach out and just get the word out for the baseball program into the community. The attention will be good attention for baseball.”

Massey said reaching out to businesses and members of the community helps to build a closer bond between them and the program.

“I feel like to show that we’re basically reaching out to do something that involves the community because they’re getting a chance to come out and play in the golf tournament,” Massey said. “I feel that’s a way for them to give back instead of just giving money directly to us. I think if we involve the community, then that’s going to make them more willing to come up, travel and support the baseball team as they see we’re supporting them and their businesses, too.”

Once players return to school from summer break, Massey said there will be more fundraisers for the program, and getting players involved with the community will help increase respect for both.

“We’re going to do more. If we buy our uniforms and we have a little bit more, it’s just going to go to the program in general,” Massey said, “but the other fundraisers we’re going to be doing will involve the kids more and that money will be directed towards the practice gear and things like that. I feel that if the kids get out and work hard and earn money then they’re going to maybe respect the baseball program a little bit more. Last year, we had a good year … in the past 10 years Dallas County’s had a strong baseball program, and we need to keep working hard to have a good program, and with the kids getting out and working, that’s going to help them respect things a little more.”

For more information on the golf tournament or to register, call Cody Massey at 412-5283 or 875-5916. Or contact Robert Massey at 375-1949.