Before their exciting win earlier this year, the Baldwin High School boys basketball team had not secured a championship win since 1981. Malcolm K. May, owner of T-shirts To Go, was a student at the high school during that time.
“I want to say thank you for the great memories,” said May, who follows the BHS basketball program very closely.
He did so by donating $2,000 to the basketball program at the school.
The money awarded went towards purchasing championship rings. During their Winter Sports Awards Banquet, May awarded the check to the team.
When the 20-21 basketball season began, May wanted to show his appreciation and support to the team.
“I had already had a relationship with Webb,” May said. “I got with him, and I told him the team is doing great. We’re going to sell shirts and donate a percentage of the profits to the program.”
Anthony Webb is the head coach of the boys basketball team.
“We had a talk, and when we told me he was going to sell the shirts, I didn’t think much of it,” Webb said. “It shocked me because I didn’t know he would do that.”
May and Webb have discussed donating a percentage of the proceeds but never agreed on a set amount. May says he knew from the beginning that he wanted to do something that let the team know that their community is behind them.
“I have known Mr. May for a while now. He is a small business owner, and we are appreciative of him,” Webb said. “He is such a big supporter of the basketball programs, and we will continue to work with and support him in the future.”
T-shirts To Go has sold approximately 700 shirts in support of the Braves. They plan on continuing to sell shirts to help the team.
“I’m not done,” May said. “I want to donate $5,000 to the program.”
May plans on making this a tradition.
“I want people to know that, when you shop with me, you are putting money back into the community,” May said.
He even has plans to make a shirt for the upcoming football season.
Anyone interested in purchasing a shirt can do so at 933 N. Columbia Street. The shirts are $14.95, and the baseball caps are $24.95.