Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Sponsors Portsmouth Sports Team
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers sponsors many sports and athletics teams that allow kids to develop their talents and reach their full potential. We were happy to give a donation to Ground and Pound Athletics, a Portsmouth-based sports team.
The $250 donation was part of the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Cares initiative. Our attorneys and dedicated staff have helped injured people in the Hampton Roads community for years. We also give back whenever we can through sponsorships and donations to community organizations and non-profits.
How Did Ground and Pound Start in Portsmouth?
Christopher Elder set up Ground and Pound Athletics in 2018 after some kids in his neighborhood broke into his car. He found out some of them were the same kids who played basketball with his son in the front yard every day. Elder realized the youngsters needed more to do. Elder was the coach of his son’s recreational center team at the time. He became concerned that the kids faced a void when the recreational sports season ended and decided to take action.
Ground and Pound Athletics started out with about 25 kids who were in fourth and fifth grade. Elder invited kids in his neighborhood and at the recreational center to join. The organization has now grown to 38 kids with teams for kids in sixth, seventh and eighth grade.
“Our goal is to provide the kids with somewhere safe to play basketball while teaching them to become productive citizens. We stress the importance of school and provide all the children with a loving family environment,” Christopher Elder’s wife Tanis Elder, the team administrator, said. “Thank you guys so much for your generosity. It means so much to us.”
Ground and Pound Athletics provides a great service to kids in Portsmouth. They have the chance to play AAU basketball with top coaches. Additionally, any player who cannot get a ride to games and practices can receive one from the organization. Tanis Elder said Ground and Pound makes sure students maintain at least a C grade average in all of their classes. Tutoring is available for students who need help.
How Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Gives Back to the Sports Team Community
Our Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Cares campaign highlights our support for the organizations and non-profits that help people across Hampton Roads and the rest of Virginia. Last year, our Norfolk-based injury lawyers stepped in to help when someone broke into a youth football team’s equipment shed in Virginia Beach. This break-in threatened the team’s attendance at a prestigious tournament in Florida.
The VB Cooke Redskins’ equipment shed was ransacked shortly before a trip to play in the national league championships in Florida in December 2019. The team competed in the American Youth Football National Championship. The players aged 7 to 11 worked hard all season to qualify for the tournament. Their dreams appeared to be in tatters when equipment was stolen from the shed. Donations made their dream possible.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers helped the VB Cooke Redskins by making a donation of $1,400 to head coach Dequan Johnson. Earlier in 2019, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers also awarded $1,000 to the cheerleading team of Bayside High School in Virginia Beach after they performed our jingle with gold and red pom-poms. The cheer team chanted “Your injury, our fight” at a game and sent in the video to Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers’ jingle contest.
Although the team did not win the contest, we gave them a check of $1,000 as a special thank you for their efforts. The donation supported the Booster club/cheer team. Attorney Kevin Briggs presented the Virginia Beach school with the check at half time during their homecoming game against Tallwood High School on October 12.
Additionally in 2019, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers attorney Griff O’Hanlon presented a check for $1,000 to Maury High School’s Varsity Men’s tennis team. The money helped the team meet its expenses when it took part in the Virginia High School League Tennis competition in Richmond.
Janita Hess, Maury High School Head Men’s Varsity Tennis Coach, said the donation helped the Norfolk school with expenses in the competition. “It’s huge that we don’t have to worry about that,” she said.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is happy to help great causes across Virginia. If you or a family member is seeking the help of a personal injury attorney please call us for a free consultation.