When the smoke finally cleared on a scorching Saturday at the Chocowinity Volunteer Fire Department, members of the Southside High School Track and Field Department had handed out more than 700 barbecue plates with more to be delivered.
There were a few left, so Seahawks athletic director Andre Quinerly, football coach Jay Petty, his wife Tina and daughter Sarah decided to deliver them to residents at the Waterford Place affordable housing complex in Washington.
Tina teaches at Southside, while Sarah received the Coaches Award for her involvement in soccer, basketball, volleyball and track and field in addition to her community service.
Quinerly called it a victory for everyone involved.
âWe wanted to do something good for people who maybe don’t have as much as others,â he said. âThe Petty’s came up with the idea of ââbringing the food to Waterford and I totally agreed. These people don’t get a lot of attention there and they loved it. It was a surprise to them and they were smiling from ear to ear. Sarah has been a tremendous representative of the Seahawks throughout her career here and will be missed when she goes to Liberty University soon.
Quinerly said Southside hosted a barbecue to raise funds for athletics when the school opened in 2000, but it didn’t last more than two years. With the constant need to replace uniforms and equipment and increasing transportation costs, every little bit counts.
âIt all goes into the general athletics fund to help with expenses that still arise but are not in the budget,â Quinerly said. âWe have sold over 700 plates, which I consider a huge success. We are going to do it again in the spring while the children are in school so that they can help too.
An anonymous donor covered the cost of the barbecue, which they served with green beans and potatoes with a cake for dessert.
âWe started cooking at three in the morning and our coaches and staff worked hard to make it a success,â Quinerly said. I cannot thank them enough for their help and dedication and we appreciate that the Chocowinity Fire Department has let us use their space. We hope to build on this and raise some more to help our kids in the spring. “