Young athletes spread Christmas cheer


Members of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve.


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Members of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve.


Submitted photo

Members of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve.


Submitted photo

Members of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve.


Submitted photo

The Elkin Middle School boys basketball team took time off the court Dec. 23 to volunteer at Pruitt Health of Elkin. This is just one example of how Head Coach Lee Pardue build his team’s character.

“The foundation of every strong team begins with great character and brotherhood on and off the court,” said Pardue.

He wanted the team to experience how a small unselfish act of kindness can bring so much joy and light to someone’s day. The team stepped out of its comfort zone and went door to door delivering cookies, hot chocolate, and singing Christmas Carols along with giving several hugs.

According to several team members, the most eye-opening experience was how happy the residents were to have visitors and kept asking the team to come back.

Although Pardue is aware of his talented athletes’ ability on the court, he was pleased in their humbleness and how they represented themselves and Elkin athletics. This was an unforgettable experience for a group of boys that have a strong bond on the court and the compassion for others to give back to the community.

Members of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_20151223_183627.jpgMembers of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve. Submitted photo

Members of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_20151223_203025.jpgMembers of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve. Submitted photo

Members of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_20151223_184649.jpgMembers of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve. Submitted photo

Members of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_20151223_185233.jpgMembers of Elkin Middle School’s basketball team take time out of their busy holiday schedules to share Christmas cheer with residents at Pruitt Health of Elkin on the eve of Christmas Eve. Submitted photo
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