Members of the Georgia Sting women’s travel basketball team visited the VA Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon to show their support for America’s veterans and their families. The squad of rising high school seniors was joined by coaches Will Avery and Roy Peake.
For Peake, supporting veterans is a cause that hits very close to home.
“My father served 26 years in the U.S. Army,” the assistant coach said. “Coming from a military family, this means a lot to me.”
Fresh off of a trip to Atlanta on Monday night, the team brought with them bags of toiletries and cards bearing messages of support. The bags, which contained items such as toothpaste and deodorant, were distributed to patients throughout the hospital.
“We just want to give back to the community,” Peake said Tuesday. “They’ve been so supportive of us and we wanted to give them a small token of appreciation for everything.”
Based out of Augusta, the Sting fields teams ranging from 5th grade to 12th grade. Ladies from all over the state, and even some from South Carolina, make the commute to Augusta for practices and events. While they can often be found volunteering in the community, Peake says this is their biggest effort so far.
“We’ve done small things in the community, but this is probably our biggest event,” he said. “This is our first time visiting the VA. We thought it would be a good experience for the girls to see this.”