November 15, 2013
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Wade Hampton High Schools (Taylors, S.C.) November Athletes of the Month swimmer Thomas Caldwell and runner Maria Bartlett are featured on a Wade Hampton High School Athlete of the Month display, made out of 12-packs of soda.​

BI-LO store No. 5289 in Taylors, S.C. is located near a high school that maintains an exceptional athletic program and the store’s associates sought to showcase its students as a way to boost the community’s strength. After a brainstorming session, the associates created an “Athlete of the Month” award.

Each month, the store presents two athletes from Wade Hampton High School with an Athlete of the Month award and features their pictures on a large display in the store.

“We have close ties to our local high school, as many associates have children at the school or attended the school themselves. We thought a great way to show our support for the school would be to highlight skilled students and encourage them to keep doing what they’re doing,” said Store Director Mike Strange.

In October, BI-LO presented the award to golfer Courtney Vogel and football player Shaheem Stupart. The November award went to Thomas Caldwell for swimming and Maria Bartlett for cross country. Friends and family cheered for the athletes as they accepted their awards and gift baskets from Assistant Store Director Chris Nance. The baskets included PowerAde, T-shirts, BI-LO gift cards, candy, snacks and a reusable BI-LO tote bag.

“Presenting the award each month hits close to home for me because I was once a student at Wade Hampton,” Nance said. “I’m proud to work at a store that appreciates the community’s youth and reinforces their hard work.”

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Assistant Store Director Chris Nance presents Athlete of the Month Maria Bartlett with a gift basket.

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