Lexington Flying Pigs to Honor Local Coach

by Cole Watson

The Lexington Flying Pigs and Old North State League are thrilled to remind the Lexington community about the special "Whatever It Takes" night at Holt-Moffitt Field on Tuesday, June 25. This event will celebrate resilience, perseverance, and the spirit of overcoming challenges, inspired by the "Whatever It Takes" movement in memory of Joel Lockhart. For over forty years, Lockhart was a prominent figure in the Archdale, Trinity, and Davis Townsend communities, where he coached football, basketball, and baseball.

Lockhart was a passionate advocate for facing life's challenges head-on. His coaching influence extended beyond teaching the fundamentals of each game. He served as a life coach who mentored and inspired countless young people. The guidance he provided helped shape the lives of many athletes, instilling in them the values of teamwork, persistence, and integrity.

Tara Smith, the daughter of Joel Lockhart, has been driving the "Whatever It Takes" movement in his memory. The movement encourages people to go above and beyond in pursuing their goals and aspirations, no matter the obstacles they face.

Smith will be present at the event to share her thoughts on what baseball and softball meant to her father. When asked about the event, Smith commented, "My dad was a firm believer that sports, particularly baseball and softball, teach us invaluable life lessons – teamwork, resilience, and the importance of giving whatever it takes to achieve success. This event is a tribute to his legacy and a celebration of the unwavering spirit he embodied."

Danny Kirkman, owner of the Lexington Flying Pigs, also shares enthusiasm for the event. He added, "We're honored to host 'Whatever It Takes' night and pay tribute to Joel Lockhart's inspiring legacy. This night is all about celebrating the determination and perseverance that he stood for, and we hope it inspires everyone who attends."

Carter Bass is a player for the Flying Pigs this season and is the grandson of Joel Lockhart. Carter was coached by his grandfather in football, baseball, and basketball. He adds, "It's incredibly special to be part of this event, honoring my grandfather's memory. His belief in giving 'whatever it takes' is something I carry with me on and off the field. I look forward to sharing that spirit with our fans and community."

The "Whatever It Takes" night at the ballpark will feature special activities, inspirational stories, and a showcase of individuals who have gone above and beyond in their respective fields. The Lexington Flying Pigs invite the community of Lexington, NC, to join them in honoring the special movement and embracing the power of determination by turning out on June 25 at 7:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased on the Lexington Flying Pigs' official website. Continually, for more information about the Flying Pigs and to stay updated on the latest news and events, please visit www.lexingtonflyingpigs.com.

The Lexington Flying Pigs are a Collegiate Wood Bat Baseball Team proudly competing in the Old North State League. Established in 2019, the team has quickly become a beloved fixture in the Lexington community, providing top-tier baseball entertainment and fostering a strong sense of community pride.

The Old North State League is a college summer wood bat league in North Carolina that features 20 teams not including Burlington and Danville. In 2025, the league plans to expand to 24 teams and has been vetting markets and requests in anticipation of announcing the newest additions.