Scottish Pilots donate 1K for rec league helmets

Pictured from left are Shannon Newton, Ida McGill, Sylvia Nelson, Joyce Jewell, Barbara Mack, Terry Gallman, Al Blades and Justin McNickle.

LAURINBURG — The Scottish Pilot Club of Laurinburg presented a check for $1,000 to the Scotland County Parks and Recreation Department at its June 9 advisory board meeting.

This donation will help provide football helmets and was made possible through a matching grant received from the Pilot International Founders Fund.

The grant called “Brain-Storm Warnings” is an educational and preventive project of the Scottish Pilot Club of Laurinburg. Concussion awareness magnets are being distributed to youth athletes and parents in the spring and fall sports’ programs. These magnets list the signs and symptoms of concussion. They are a fast fact reference for families to know what to look for and what to do after a blow to the head.

As the project developed, the Scottish Pilots learned that there was a need for replacement helmets in the Parks and Recreation tackle football program, in which 200 children play.

“We challenge other civic groups, businesses and individuals to join us in providing new helmets for these players,” said Barbara Mack, club member.

Pilot International is a community-based volunteer service organization. The Pilot International Founders Fund awards grants and scholarships to support youth development and leadership, brain safety and fitness and caring for families in times of need.

The Scottish Pilot Club of Laurinburg has shared brain-related interests with Pilot International since 1991. The club has brought BrainMinders to kindergartners since the program began. Scotland County Special Olympics, InAsMuch, and Saint Andrews Equestrian Therapy Program have received support from the Scottish Pilot Club.

For information about the Scottish Pilot Club of Laurinburg call membership chair Betty Smith at 910-276-1886.

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