Tryon Federal Bank’s Jerry Johnson, right, presented a check Aug. 6 to Jim Hemphill, left, with Polk County Athletics for $2,500 in sponsorships.
Hemphill said in the past, Polk County athletics has used donations like this to assist with costs when teams travel to participate in state playoffs or to assist with other fundraising endeavors such as annual golf tournaments – one for girls basketball and one for boys basketball.
“The good thing about Polk County is when I go out to try and raise money for the school, we only have one school and don’t have all the competition for funds. Plus, almost anyone who lives in Polk County has gone to a Polk County school so they have a strong desire to help our kids have the best experience possible,” Hemphill said.
Hemphill added that the money is not used for just one sport, but all sports Polk County students participate in each year.