Helping people in a tough spot


We never grow tired of seeing people pull together to help neighbors in a tough spot.

In this case it was a hot spot. We read an item in the Augusta, Ga., newspaper that The University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team was riding home from Dahlonega, Ga., earlier this month after its series with the University of North Georgia, when the team’s charter bus caught fire in Greene County.

All 38 passengers got out of the bus in time and weren’t hurt. Everyone got home safely. But some of the team’s equipment and a lot of players’ personal items went up in smoke — including the uniforms that players wore that day, catcher’s gear and about a dozen or so baseball gloves.

Apparently unfazed, the team held a light practice the next day and a game vs. Erskine College went forward as planned. Meanwhile, offers of assistance have been pouring in from all over.

“What’s so amazing is how many people around the country are offering to help us. I’ve had calls from all over the country today, and emails and text messages,” USC Aiken baseball coach Kenny Thomas said. “The community’s been unbelievably supportive trying to help us.”

Coach Thomas said he hadn’t seen anything like that fire in at least 32 years of riding buses. But thanks to people helping people the games will go on.


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