PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke softball squad recentlyh ran in Randleman to help children.
The team raised $1,160 by taking part recently in Victory Junction’s 12th annual Run to Victory 5k/10k in Randleman.
Victory Junction, founded in honor of NASCAR driver Adam Petty, is a camp for children with serious illnesses and disabilities. The annual Run to Victory event ensures children can go to the camp for free.
Toni Nelson and Haleigh Epperson, both seniors on the softball team, interned at Victory Junction in the area of marketing and public relations this past summer. As their passion for Victory Junction grew, they knew they had to get their team involved.
“I wanted to bring some of the most important people in my life somewhere that holds a special place in my heart,” Epperson said.
Normally they’re working as a team to win games on the field, but during the Sept. 16 run they worked together to raise money for children to go to camp. Their efforts placed the team among the top fundraising teams.
Run to Victory raised a total of $80,000. The money will allow more than 30 children to attend camp, free of charge.
“I’m grateful to Victory Junction and the Run to Victory program because they allowed us to invest our time into their mission and serve others,” said Brittany Bennett, head coach.
Team members said they are grateful for the opportunity to grow closer as a team and help raise money for children to be able to experience Victory Junction.
Toni Nelson is a student intern with UNCP’s Communications & Marketing office.