Community softball

Demetrick Simon, center, a rising freshman at Loris High School, enjoyed his summer playing ball with children from the community and the churches.

As most may know a lot of the children play recreation baseball and softball but there are some children who come together about the second week of June and play softball with their community churches and neighborhoods. These children are special to two particular people who have been instrumental in keeping them active and hopefully steering them in the right direction.

Libby Smith and James Parker have been bringing together children and youth each year from six surrounding communities. The kids range in age from elementary school through high school. The six teams being from Household of Faith Church in Loris, Union Missionary Baptist Church from Green Sea, Longs community, Cedar Branch community, Popular and Little River.

“It’s all about the kids,” said Libby Smith.

She is the “Keep Peace Person” at the games. The games are rotated between Loris, Popular and Longs. Smith said she left Loris in 2014 and returned in August of 2016. She loves this time of the year because of bringing the communities together and the kids are staying out of trouble. She said she wants more teams to come out next year no matter what church or community they represent. She wants to see everyone unite and be friends.

Smith is a 1985 graduate of Loris High School who played basketball and softball for Loris High School during her four years. She is the mother of Antron Smith who received a full scholarship to Olive Harvey Community College in Chicago, Ill.

Parker has been giving back to the community for well over 20 years. He is Loris’ assistant varsity boys basketball coach and coaches an All Stars Traveling Basketball team during the summer.

Another project that Smith is involved in is the remembrance of her aunt, Lillian McLean, where McLean’s family continues what she started with an annual backpack giveaway again this year. The family of Lillian McLean would like to extend an invitation to join them at Household of Faith Church, 4520 Spring Street in Loris Sunday, Aug. 13, with registration beginning at 2 p.m. There will be community leaders, law enforcement and other inspirational guest so that all involved will receive something spiritual as well as physical. Come and join them for a day of fun in the sun and receive a backpack and supplies as long as they last.

Refreshments will be served.

The child must be present to receive a backpack and supplies.

For more information contact Sylvia Smith-Brown - 843-781-1839, Angie McCray - 843-877-7909, Randolph Brown - 843-465-6107 or Libby Smith - 843-283-0444.

Anyone interested in joining softball next year may also contact Libby Smith at the above number or James Parker at 843-331-0011.

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