American Legion Baseball

Champion Credit Union hits three ‘Grand Slams’

Local business becomes Haywood Post 47 Baseball Club’s first major sponsor
By Chuck Fiebernitz | May 09, 2013
Photo by: Chuck Fiebernitz From left, are Champion Vice President of Operations Jake Robinson, Champion President Mike Clayton, Haywood Legion Post 47 Commander Roy Pressley, Post 47 Baseball Club Athletic Director Larry Harbin and Champion Marketing and Communications Manager Noralynn Grindstaff.

CANTON — Champion Credit Union has stepped up to the plate and hit three grand slams for the Haywood Post 47 American Legion Baseball Club by donating $3,000 to assure the Dragoons’ inaugural 2013 season and future seasons will be successful.
“We believe in supporting the communities that support us,” said Champion Credit Union President Mike Clayton. “We have so much talent in our area and these athletes deserve to showcase that talent. American Legion baseball will give them a tremendous opportunity and provide the community with family-oriented entertainment. It seemed like the perfect fit for us.
“These athletes come from different schools, joining together to proudly represent this area. We hope that people will come out and support them, showing how proud we are of their hard work and dedication.”
Post 47 Athletic Director Larry Harbin negotiated the donation from Champion Credit Union as well as an agreement it will always be one of the club’s major sponsors.
“When a business does something like this for kids, thank you just doesn’t seem enough,” said Harbin. “But that’s what Champion Credit Union is all about, they try their best to give back to all communities. Well, we are very grateful and very appreciative for their generosity and benevolence in helping bring legion baseball back to us for the first time since 1952.”
Officials deposited $3,000 into Post 47’s Champion Credit Union checking and savings accounts, which will cover the cost of the club’s home and away uniforms.
Champion Credit Union was founded in Canton in 1932. It is the oldest non-postal, public credit union North Carolina and has always been open to the public and has grown from its humble beginnings to currently serving more than 20,000 members in Buncombe, Haywood, Jackson, Henderson, Madison, Swain and Graham Counties.

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