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The New Brockton Gamecocks and Lady Gamecocks made a special trip to the Elba Nursing Home to visit and give Christmas stockings to the residents.

The New Brockton Gamecocks and Lady Gamecocks basketball teams made a special Christmas visit to the Elba Nursing Home last Wednesday to deliver Christmas joy to the residents there.

New Brockton coach Anthony Carter, his players and assistant coaches made the 10-mile drive over to Elba to deliver Christmas stockings, filled with goodies, and to visit with the various residents of the Elba Nursing Home.

“You find out sometimes that residents here don’t have living family members,” Carter said. “We reached out to the nursing home a couple of years ago and brought some stockings for those residents, but we saw that the other residents wanted to visit as well. So, we decided from then on to do this with the entire nursing home.”

Carter said that an incident over the summer really led him to believe that his team was really doing some good with the Christmas visits.

“The team was at Wal-Mart over the summer and a few of the residents were there and they immediately recognized my son and some of the players from Christmas,” he said. “You do things like this, it’s about character, and you’ve done something that touches people and they remember and appreciate it.”

Carter acknowledged that a number of his players cried while visiting residents at the Elba Nursing Home and said that he really felt that it touched them as well as the residents.

“It made them realize that this could be their mom or grandmother or even themselves,” Carter emphasized. “We talked to them about that before coming here and I think it really had an impact on them.”

Carter said that a visit to the Alzheimer’s Unit might have had the biggest impact on some of the players.

“We were down there and they were telling us that there are a few patients that never come out of their room, and then a lady came out and grabbed a hold of some of the kids and didn’t want to let go,” he said. “There was also one resident that may have been kind of racist but she saw the kids and all of that racism just went away.

“You never know when something is going to touch someone’s life and that’s what I think we did here today.”

One resident even sang for the players and coaches as a thank you.

New Brockton’s basketball teams have had a rough season so far, but Carter feels that they just got a big win.

“We touched 93 lives here today,” he said. “We haven’t won a basketball game yet but we just got our first victory today in making these people here smile. That’s what it’s about.”

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