Last week the Hug High baseball team was dealt a devastating blow when nearly $3,000 of sports equipment was stolen from the vehicle of an assistant coach. That left many players without the basic gear necessary to play. The team is back on the field this week though, thanks to the donations made by many generous community members.
According to Athletic Director Brad Bodine, many of the students who sign up to play baseball at Hug are experiencing it for the first time. For those who don’t have their own gloves and gear, the school provided used equipment for games and practice. So when much of the shared gear was stolen, some of the students feared they would not get another chance to play. Desperate to find or replace the stolen items, coaches turned to the local paper for help. The community was quick to respond to the story.
Head Coach Danny Rogers says people have been dropping off used equipment at the school all week, which has helped to rebuild their collection. To make the most of cash donations, Kelly Athletic Co. in Reno agreed to sell the school additional equipment at cost.
Brad Bodine says the donations have helped more than just the base ball team, because replacing the gear would have meant taking away money that had already been budgeted for other sports at the school. “It's kind of like the movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’,” said Bodine. “Where we go from somebody stealing from us, to turn out to be hug high school, the richest program in town. “ The school is still accepting donations of equipment weekdays at the main office. . Danny Rogers says donations will not only help rebuild the boy’s baseball program, but will also benefit the girl’s softball program.
School officials give a special thanks to the following donors:
Stew Colton from Kelly Athletics
Nic Brown from ABC Fire Prevention
Reno High School
Great Basin Youth Soccer League