By: Aajene Robinson
A local auto salesman collects donations for a school in need of sports equipment.
Skyland Auto and Tire is collecting donations for the Physical Education Department at Central Elementary School.
The school needs Wiffle ball bats, helmets, lightly worn gloves, balls and all other sports equipment.
This all leads to the Wiffle Ball Haul, where there will be food trucks, a DJ, fun activities and more.
Tre Lanier, director of marketing for Skyland Auto and Tire, said Central Elementary students deserved just as much as other children in schools in the city of Tuscaloosa.
“I think our kids are so important because they’re the future and I just want you to get Skyland Automotive out and show up and bring some Wiffle balls,” Lanier said. “Come on, nothing like being there and showing your support.”
Central Elementary PE coach Deboris Lanier said he really wants his students to get back outside and be active.
“When you’re talking about living a physically active life, you have to have a base and it always starts here with PE,” Lanier said. “In the primary school system, that’s what motivated me and why I’m here right now as a physical education teacher.”
Skyland Auto and Tire owner Barry Sullivan said hearing about the event made it clear they had to attend.
“I know it’s been a tough two years with covid and lockdowns and that sounds like bad news, but the idea of them going out and playing and just enjoying being kids for a little while is what motivates me,” Sullivan said.
The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. this Saturday at Skyland Auto Sales, where you can drop off donations before the event or on the day.
The remaining supplies will be donated to other schools in the area.