Barbour County middle school students are back in class, and thanks to the efforts of the Barbour All-County Sports Organization, they'll still be able to participate in sports this year. BACSO President Lori Wetzel said now the organization is looking to see where else it can help the teams.
"We've met the goal for the first year. It's kind of slowed down a little bit, we don't hear as much support. I'm sure there is still community support out there. We're going to kind of gear back up again for fall, and hopefully we'll have that same kind of support that we did back in the spring when we needed it so much," Wetzel said.
But in the meantime, there's plenty of work that needs done, and Wetzel said they hope to be able to contribute to it. With football season here, she said they're looking to help with the upkeep of the teams' equipment.
"They have to refurbish their football equipment, and that's something that we'd like to be able to help with if we don't have to put this toward coaching salaries again. They have to recondition helmets and that kind of thing every year, and that's quite expensive," said Wetzel.
While the fundraising continues, county coaches are glad to be able to continue their work. Nick Mayle worked with the organization and coaches football at Philippi Middle School. He said the games aren't the only reason he's happy to continue to lead his teams.
"I enjoy coaching, but it's so much bigger than that. It's about that impact that you can have. Some of the people that I remember from my youth, the ones that had the most impact on my life were coaches and teachers, and I just want to have the opportunity to be one of those," Mayle said.