Donation means 100 new soccer balls for Island Rec Center

ccox@islandpacket.comDecember 11, 2012 

For eight years now, Scott Maddy has sacrified his time to help volunteer with the soccer program at the Island Recreation Center.

There's no ulterior motive for the Hilton Head Islander, mind you. He's never had a child come through the program and makes no money for the hours he spends helping out.

"He just loves the game of soccer and was looking to give back to the community," recreation director Bob Rozek said. "As the years have transpired, he's done more and more."

Maddy has now taken his efforts one step further. The soccer coach recently enlisted those he works for at Island Tire, with the help of the Michelin Soccer Program, to donate 100 soccer balls to the recreation center.

"He's a great volunteer," Rozek said. "He went to his bosses and said, 'Hey, I coach in this league and I love it. Maybe there's something you could do.' "

The donation totaled $1,150 in all, according to a release.

"The Michelin Soccer Program is an incredible way to connect with families and young players," Island Tire owner Barry Edwards said in the release. "The look on the child's face as you hand them their soccer ball is priceless."

The equipment will be used as the center's official game balls, Rozek said. Island Tire has also supplied the $150 donation it requires to sponsor a team, which to no surprise, will go to Maddy's club.

"Anything that somebody does for us is a boost," Rozek said. "How big is it? It's significant."

Michelin gets involved in the process by sending out certificates to soccer leagues that can be redeemed at a local dealer's store for a free soccer ball during a month-long promotional period. The certificates also feature a 60-day, tire rebate promotion that sends $2 from every tire sold during the process to the local soccer organization.

"Michelin really believes in youth and making sure they are safe and healthy," said Don Byrd, Michelin's vice president of marketing. "This program is the perfect partnership of all those elements. We look forward to continuing to grow and donate even more equipment and funds in 2013."

Residents looking to take a more direct approach to supporting the Island Rec Center can contact Rozek for more information at 803-681-7273.

"We're always looking for donations, equipment, dollars," he said. "Anything they can do to help us offset cost is something that we want."

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