ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
By Brian Bailey
Inaugural Drew-Skip Classic
clips from the past year's Brian Bailey Show.
coverage of the Drew Steele-Skip Holtz Classis
from Monday's Talk of the Town with
The 1st annual Drew
Steele-Skip Holtz golf tournament was bigger then even Coach Holtz could
The interest level was amazing
from the start. Mike Steele, the former East Carolina basketball coach, and
Coach Holtz hooked up in a golf tournament to benefit Special Olympics last
The two discussed the
possibility of a tournament. The next day, Steele went on the radio and made
the announcement. The group didn’t have a plan, didn’t have a course, and
didn’t have a single dollar. The group, though, did have a tournament, and
the ball was rolling.
Steele and Holtz hit the
ground running. As Mike would often joke, many people knew Coach Holtz, but
everybody knew Drew Steele.
“I can’t believe how the
community came together for this event,” said Holtz at yesterday’s event.
“Everyone was so generous and this tournament will get bigger and better
Holtz spent his tournament
shaking hands and handing out thank you’s with Drew. The pair gave each
group a pep talk before that group would tee off.
It was a beautiful day for the
most part, until thunderstorms cut the party a bit short late.
The tournament raised over 100
thousand dollars just with Sunday’s dinner and auction.
Add in the golf, and the
tournament should come close to raising a quarter of a million dollars for
special populations in Pitt County.
Thoughts on Drew
I first met Drew Steele as a
young child when his father, Mike, took the basketball coaching job at East
Mike and Sandy Steele had two
children, Derek and Drew. Derek was tall, like his father, but good looking.
Drew was as cute as could be, but with special needs.
Drew has Down syndrome. But in
so many ways, Drew is what we would all like to be.
Drew Steele has never met a
stranger. He lights up a room. His glass isn’t just half full; it’s always
near the top.
Drew was one of the reasons I
first got involved with Special Olympics. Through the years, I’ve been
privileged to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Pitt-Greenville spring
games. WNCT-TV 9 carried the Opening Ceremonies for the State Special
Olympics during its two-year run in Greenville.
Drew Steele helped to make
I can remember early on that I
wasn’t very comfortable around special needs children. I think many people
are like that. With Drew’s help, I became more comfortable and I now cherish
the time I get to spend with special needs children.
This spring I’ve been coaching
in the Greenville Challenger League, which is baseball for special needs
children. I’ve got the best coaching staff in the league. My 14-year-old son
Ryne coaches at third base and Drew Steele handles the coaching chores at
I told this story to the crowd
at Sunday night’s auction and dinner:
(Story continues below
|Challenger League coach Brian
Bailey (center) with assistant coaches Drew Steele
(left) and Ryne Bailey (right).
When we first found out that
we would be coaching a Challenger League team I asked Drew to be my first
I told him that all baseball
coaches have signs, and that we had some that we had to learn.
I told him that if I tugged at
my cap, then it meant to take.
He asked, “Take what?”
I explained that we would take
a pitch. But every time I tugged my cap and asked him what it meant, he
would say, “Cap!”
Finally, after five or six
tries, I tugged my cap and Drew yelled, “Take!”
Drew was so happy that he
finally understood that he ran to Coach Holtz, going through a fake set of
signs before tugging his cap.
Coach Holtz knew nothing about
our signs, and when Drew asked what it meant when he tugged his cap, Coach
Holtz said, “Cap!”
We were back to square one.
Needless to say we need some more work on our signs.
Drew Steele can teach us all a
lesson about life. His enthusiasm is infectious. His energy is tremendous.
Drew Steele and Skip Holtz
make a great combination.
It was a great day of fun,
fellowship and golf.
Here’s looking forward to the
2nd annual Drew Steele/Skip Holtz Golf Classic.
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