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Players keep Pharr’s tradition

It’s a bright and early 7 a.m. for the Farragut High School baseball team, opening car doors for Farragut Primary School students every Wednesday morning.

Most FHS students sleep in during Wednesday’s “late day” as classes begin at 9 a.m. However, the baseball team chooses to say, “Good morning, have a great day” to FPS students.

Car-door openers are key to keeping traffic on Campbell Station Road flowing smoothly.

For years former FHS baseball head coach Tommy Pharr asked his players to give back to the community. As Pharr said, the students and parents enjoyed it.

“I knew [FPS parents] would enjoy it. We got a lot of positive feedback,” Pharr said.

“One student, in particular, Hunter Newby, would always have kids and parents stop and talk with him.

“One mom even brought donuts,” he said. “We were just trying to do something to give back to the community.”

FPS principal Julia Craze said she was excited to see Pharr’s tradition stay with the team even after he left to coach baseball at Christian Academy of Knoxville this year.

“We’re thankful,” Craze said.

Current FHS baseball head coach Matt Buckner said, “I think it’s a good thing. It keeps our guys identifiable with people in our community. Our guys probably don’t enjoy getting up early. But it’s worth it. All the young kids’ parents seem to like it too.”

Buckner credits Pharr with the “good idea.”

“This all started with Tommy Pharr years ago. Our kids are fortunate and we need to give back to the community.”

Ethan Bennett, FHS senior, said, “It’s been fun. All of us went through this elementary school. It’s nice to give back.”

Matthew Rowe, a FPS kindergartner, said, “I just like them.”

The baseball team works in groups of four. Each group serves once a month.

When the baseball team isn’t opening the doors at FPS, PTA volunteers, Craze and her staff are often outside opening the doors for the children.


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