Middle School Students on the Court - Carolina Country

Middle School Students on the Court

By Josh Conner

Middle School Students on the Court

In early December, a group of middle schoolers from across North Carolina were showered with cheers and applause from a sold-out crowd at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. Just five months ago they were on this very court, practicing and playing alongside the Wolfpack Women’s basketball team.

These Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship winners — selected by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives to attend the NC State Women’s basketball camp this past summer — came together for a reunion and a moment of recognition.

“Sophie had an amazing experience at basketball camp last summer, and was so excited to be recognized on the court alongside her fellow scholarship winners and attend her first women’s college basketball game,” said Denise Hodes, whose daughter Sophie was selected for a camp scholarship by Monroe-based Union Power Cooperative.

For more than 20 years, North Carolina’s 26 not-for-profit electric cooperatives have awarded scholarships to young women to attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives also partner with the UNC Men’s Basketball team to send middle school students to their annual Carolina Basketball School each summer.

About the Author

Josh Conner is the Communications Specialist at North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives

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