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Albemarle basketball players volunteer at Community Table

Members of the Albemarle men’s basketball program along with the coaching staff took time after school Wednesday afternoon to help dish out Thanksgiving meals to the needy at the Community Table, a part of Stanly Community Christian Ministry.

Head coach Marc Raye, along with assistant coach Stanley Walker and players, dished out plates of holiday favorites while also visiting with people from the community.

Jennifer Frick, the director of the Community Table, said the team wanted to reach out to the community.

“It’s amazing at such a young age that they wanted to help and do what they can,” Frick said.

Volunteers at the Inn often are impacted learning compassion and understanding for those in need, she added.

Albemarle head coach Marc Raye (left) and assistant Stanley Walker pour glasses of tea and set out meals at the Community Table. (Photo by Charles Curcio)

“It’s always a blessing to be a blessing,” Coach Raye said.

“It’s a great idea for these kids to see people that are young like them who still need a little help. If we can serve in any capacity then that’s what I want these guys to do.

Raye said the team’s efforts were fully supported by Albemarle principal Emily Shaw and athletic director Richard Davis.

“It’s about giving back. As a coach and a teacher, I’m serving these kids,” Raye said. “High character is what I preach every day.”

Sophomore point guard M.J. Raye said it was heartbreaking to see kids he knows from school coming in for a meal.

“They laugh and joke around with me but I never knew what was going on with them outside of school,” M.J. said.

“(Volunteering) will make us appreciate what we have more.”

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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