Pilgrims celebrate Thanksgiving during Christmas

PLYMOUTH — Game day started a little early for Plymouth’s Pilgrims.
Meeting Whitko on the floor at PHS Wednesday evening, Coach Ryan Bales’ team met some real VIPs earlier in the day. The team “adopted” several families in Plymouth to help brighten their Christmas holiday with gifts and food.
“It’s something that I started doing in North Judson and with other teams that I’ve been a part of as a player,” said Bales. “We’re always trying to find ways to show our guys this is more than just basketball. We are very fortunate to have the things that we have and to be able to play this game and we shouldn’t take that for granted. We need to give back to our community.”
The team went shopping for their families over the weekend and then after walk through Wednesday morning, gathered the gifts and food to deliver to families.
“I think it’s good for our seniors to see that sometimes people struggle a little and we all just need a little help from others from time to time,” said Bales. “Its important that our seniors drop everything off in person so they can see the impact that can have on people. Sometimes it gets really emotional and just to know how much people appreciate your help makes everything worth it.”
“It’s great to help other people in need,” said John Ruff.
“We’re really close as a team and I think that makes you want to share that feeling with others,” added Ryan McNeil.