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Bank donates $2,500 to girls soccer effort

March 31, 2006

The Hancock Community Bank and its customers helped make girls soccer at Hancock Middle-Senior High School a reality.

The bank recently presented a check for $2,500 to the effort, a donation that put those hoping to bring soccer back to Hancock's middle senior high school beyond their stated goal of raising the $10,000 needed to start a school sanctioned girls' soccer team.

The school hasn't had a soccer team since the 1950s.

"We were so pleased to be able to support this effort," said Wava Shepard, branch manager at Hancock Community Bank.

To support the soccer program, the bank orchestrated a special Certificate of Deposit (CD) drive, donating $10 in a customer's name to the soccer fund when that customer opened a special two-year Certificate of Deposit. The bank then matched that $10 with another $10 donation given in the bank's name.

The group needed $10,000 to cover a one-time startup fee required by the Washington County Board of Education to establish a new soccer team. The funds will be used to purchase needed equipment, including game goals, practice goals, game jerseys, flags, balls and field equipment.

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This fall, the school will field a girls junior varsity team, with a varsity team expected to form within the next two years.

"This was a real win for our community," Shepard said. "I think the fact that our community stepped up to the plate and supported the girls who worked so hard to make their dream a reality says a great deal about the kind of town we are. Hancock Community Bank was very pleased to be a part of that."

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