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Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s softball coach Jody Long and the Lady Tiger softball team will be honored by the City of Booneville’s Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, January 25 at Subway/Pizza Inn in Booneville.
Booneville’s Chamber of Commerce is awarding Long with its citizenship award and honoring the Lady Tiger softball team for the dedication the team has put forth away from the field at 5:30 p.m.
In just over a year, the Northeast softball team has joined with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in making a three-year-old’s wish come true of having a playhouse, adopted two families for the holidays, spent time in assisted living and mental health facilities singing Christmas carols, held a StrikeOut Cancer doubleheader against rival Itawamba Community College, participated in the Racin’ Round Booneville/Make-A-Wish Foundation softball tournament and organized the inaugural David Carnell softball tournament.
Northeast’s StrikeOut Cancer doubleheader against rival Itawamba Community College during the 2009-10 season helped raise $1,000 for the Prentiss County Relay for Life.
During the 2009 Breakfast with Santa, the softball team served nearly 300 people but that number almost doubled during the 2010 event and the Lady Tigers saw almost 550 participants in the Breakfast with Santa come through the doors with over 200 children attending the event.
For the tenth time in 11 years and the twelfth time overall, the Lady Tigers sought out a local family to bring Christmas cheer to and adopted a Prentiss County family.
In 2007, the Lady Tigers joined with Kay Bain of WTVA's "Kay Bain Saturday Mornin' Show" as she helped to blanket Prentiss County and provide warm blankets for those needing them.
Long and the Lady Tigers added another entry onto their social resume’ when the Lady Tigers entered a Christmas float in the City of Booneville Christmas parade during the 2010 holiday season.
The idea for a Christmas float arose out of a friendly competition during fall scrimmage to make the scrimmages more interesting and competitive and the float also served as a team-building exercise.
Northeast’s float was entirely softball player generated and built with Long serving as Santa and team captain Leslie Hendrix being picked to serve as Mrs. Claus on the float while other members of the team sat around an open fire pit telling stories of Christmas.