DOBSON — Bob Moody was inducted into Surry County Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday as a 2012 Ring of Honor recipient. The ceremony commemorated his and others’ contribution to the support of athletics in the Surry County community.
Moody’s name, along with eleven others, were inscribed on a granite monument along with the former inductees and will be permanently displayed at Fisher Park located in Dobson.
Committee Director Eddie Wilmoth stated, “Bob Moody and the Moody family has been very instrumental to sports programs in the Surry County area for the past 40 years. The funding that Surry County citizens have received has been enormous. The Moody family has always felt that sports/athletics helped the Surry County young people grow in a positive manner.”
For more than 40 years, Moody has participated in and helped the local athletic community through private funding, coaching and sponsorship programs. He has provided banners and signs for Mount Airy High School, North Surry High School, Surry Central High School and East Surry High School for about 25 years. For more than ten years, he has done the same for Mount Airy Middle School, Central Middle School and Gentry Middle School.
Also, Moody sponsored youth teams by privately funding athletic programs for more than 20 years. These include the Reeves Community Center basketball and baseball program; the Franklin Youth Foundation baseball and basketball program; and the Dobson swim team.
For 15 years, Moody’s sponsorship has benefited the Dobson and Mount Airy cheerleading programs, Surry County Little League football, Surry Stars AAU boys and Surry Storm AAU girls. He has also financially supported the Copeland baseball and basketball team for more than ten years.
Moody has also contributed to the community of sports through his love of coaching. For ten years, he was a youth basketball coach. He coached at the Reeves center for the Surry Stars AAU basketball program, T-ball, pitch baseball, and the youth basketball program.
Moody stated that he has a love of all sports. According to Linda Davis, chair of The Surry County Parks and Recreation committee, Moody gave a large donation to support the local equestrian ring at Fisher Park making it possible for local horse shows to be held beginning in 1998. As a result, the local Foothills Classic Horse show brings people from Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee each year. The proceeds from these shows go to the Surry County Children’s Center Orphanage.
Moody stated, “I am humbled and honored to be inducted into the Surry County Sports Ring of Honor. There are so many people in the county that are more deserving than I. Let me say that I was an average basketball player in high school but I have always loved all sports. I have been blessed to be in a position to support sports in Surry county through the years. I enjoyed coaching T-ball, coaching pitch baseball, and basketball at Reeves community center for over fifteen years. I helped coach and supported AAU basketball and Surry Stars for over ten years. I was on the Mount Airy Youth Foundation board for many years and was able to support our young kids in the schools of Mount Airy and Surry County to help them grow as a student athletes. All team sports and individual sports are truly a great platform and foundation for young girls and boys to learn structure and discipline. Again, thank you for this great honor and to be mentioned with the individuals on the monument.”