Club Baseball lends a helping hand to Alamance County nonprofit

Accompanied by Assistant Professor Mark Cryan, nine members of the club sports team volunteered with Christmas Cheer of Alamance County, which delivers toys, clothing, food and financial assistance to area families.

Christmas is months away, but the work never stops for Christmas Cheer of Alamance County. A local nonprofit agency founded more than a century ago, the organization delivers toys, clothing, food and financial assistance to more than 1,500 people in Alamance County every holiday season, according Assistant Professor of Sport Management Mark Cryan, who serves on the charity’s board.

Members of Elon’s Club Baseball Team lent Christmas Cheer a helping hand in February. The nonprofit, which acquires and stockpiles donations throughout the year, required help moving a large donation of items and reorganizing existing inventory.

“We couldn’t have tackled this project without them,” said Dawn Sternal, Christmas Cheer executive director. “We are so grateful to all the support we get from the Elon community.”

Charles Roehrich, the club’s president, organized the work detail at Christmas Cheer’s downtown Burlington offices. Joining Roehrich and Cryan were club members Connor Fioretti, Josh Hetzelson, Collin Walsh, Matt Laguzza, Parker Brownell, Sam Goldstein, Harley Wilf and Jacob Trumbo.

The club’s season is currently on hold due to the pandemic, but the participants have been eager to find team activities. “We love to help out in the community and, when Dr. Cryan called, we were happy to do our part,” Roehrich said.

Christmas Cheer of Alamance County seeks people and­ groups to sponsor families during the holidays, as well as support through donations. For more information, visit or call 336-229-9969. Tickets for the organization’s annual raffle can be purchased with an email to