Tharrington Primary School opened a new basketball surface for play this week.
And the first person to make a basket on the new court was the son of the former educator after whom the court has been named.
Erette J. Bobbitt, 27, passed away last September after a year-long battle with cancer.
He left behind a wife, Brook, and two small children, all of whom were at Tharrington this week when Mount Airy City Schools dedicated the paved basketball court to his memory.
Bobbitt spent four years as a teacher at Jones Intermediate before stepping up to curriculum coach at Tharrington. In May 2015 Bobbitt received a superintendent’s award from Mount Airy City Schools.
In giving the award, Superintendent Gregory Little described Bobbitt’s enthusiasm as contagious and said he worked hard each day to instill confidence in the children he taught.
“He is someone that constantly blows me away with his attitude, perseverance, and outlook on life. Despite facing incredible challenges he never gives in or gives up,” said Little. “He always has a smile on his face and is quick with joke, but he is serious about kids and about them reaching their full potential.”
According to school officials, when Bobbitt first arrived at Tharrington, the former high school assistant coach said he wanted to improve the playing conditions outside.
With generous donations from Granite City Paving, Adams Construction, Johnson Granite, Surrey Bank & Trust, David Rowe and NC Granite, a new and improved court was made possible.
With a crowd gathered round, son T.J. took the court to sink the first basket.