The D.H. Conley softball program is no stranger to giving back to the community. Each year the Lady Vikings hold games to benefit Cancer, Autism and ALS research/awareness. On Monday night when Conley hosted New Bern, the Vikings played their “Strikeout ALS” game.
In addition to wearing special blue jerseys, the Vikings collected money in the stands to donate to ALS research and announced facts about the debilitating disease in-between innings.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease” hits close to home for the Conley softball family. Former Conley and ECU standout, Suzanne Riggs’ mother, Kathy, suffers from ALS.
Conley coach, Wayne Deans knows how important it is for his team to give back to it’s community and more importantly to anyone that once dawned the Vikings uniform.
“It’s greater than any win or loss, those moments, wins and losses work themselves out,” said Deans. “This is giving back to your community, giving back to your Conley softball family. I give a lot of praise to the coaching staff and to the players for what they do, making this a great event with the ALS awareness game, the strikeout cancer game and the Autism awareness game, it’s special and it’s important.”
“It’s always very important to give back to our community because, it’s like we are thinking about them as much as they are thinking about us,” said Alexis Phillips, Viking junior infielder. “So them coming out and supporting us, like us giving back and we are giving and donating money. It’s helpful to see that we are helping somebody out and also supporting other people that have ALS.”
The team was able to raise over $150 in donations on Monday night.