Central High School softball coach Brandon McWhorter had a four-year plan for facility upgrades when he took over the program in 2017. Al White Ford/Lincoln helped him get one step closer to that goal by hosting a Ford Drive 4 Ur School event on March 30.
The fundraiser brought in $8,000 for the team. McWhorter was presented with the check by Baxter White in a ceremony on Monday, May 20.
"We just thank [Al White Ford/Lincoln] for the opportunity to be able to host that event," McWhorter said. "That money that we got will go towards some equipment for our players, but the main part is upkeep around our facility."
The District 8-AAA Softball Tournament will be hosted at CHS in 2021. Terry Floyd Field needed some refurbishing ahead of that, such as a new net for the backstop and a new backstop itself.
In addition to repairs, McWhorter also hoped to add a storage building to the ballpark.
"We want to do some things to make it as best as possible," McWhorter explained. "That money will go towards the completion of that stuff."
Donations were gathered by having people sign up for a test drive in various Ford cars, with a bonus donation for test drives in a Ford Edge. The Lady Raider players were in charge of sign ins, while the parents of players accompanied customers on the test drives.
Al White had previously hosted similar events for other sports and community causes. By getting a chance to take part this time, the Lady Raiders were able to move forward with more ballpark improvements.
"Now that we've got that money we can actually add a few things that we may have put off," McWhorter said. "We can probably get those done a little quicker now."