Softball team trying for new concession stand

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.

NEWBERRY — Like the baseball team's concession stand, the Newberry High School softball team's stand also burned down.

It happened months later, around February 2012, coach Michele Honeycutt said. The team hopes to rebuild it, but for now it uses either a Coke trailer or tent-and-table set-up instead.

Its plan is more ambitious than the baseball team's since the goal is to construct a building that will include a concession stand, locker room, bathrooms and storage space. The project could cost as much as $200,000.

It has been hard to raise money for it during the softball season, but in the offseason the team will have more time to devote to the effort.

"It's been difficult for us for some reason to find donations and people that are wanting to help," Honeycutt said.

It can be harder to gain support for girls' sports, she said. "It's not football," she said. "There are more supporters of football than there is girls' softball, and that's what I'm trying to do is get more people interested from the community to come out and support the girls."

It's also tough to ask for help from local businesses so soon after many of them donated to the baseball team's similar project.

"We are definitely hopeful," she said.

The team's volunteer assistant coach, Tim Stanley, works in construction and is spearheading the effort along with his wife, Kim, the team's booster club president.

Kim Stanley said the past year has been spent establishing building plans. Now, she is searching for donations of labor and materials from local companies and applying for grants. She said she'd love to get more parents involved.

"There's not a whole lot of parent support," she said. "We really would love to have more."

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