FORT MILL — Knights Stadium will see its final big events before it closes its doors this fall.
After the Knights’ contract with York County ends in December, the county plans to sell the property to Cato, a Charlotte-based fashion company, York County Economic Development Executive Director Mark Farris said. The countdown begins Jan. 1, when Cato must tear down the stadium within 18 months of closing their contract, Farris said.
However, before that happens, the stadium, which was sold after the team decided to build a new stadium in Charlotte, helped raise money for hydrocephalus and will see an entire decade of former students remember their Fort Mill High School years. Other events may be scheduled for the stadium if they are booked in time.
Fort Mill High reunions
For the first time in Fort Mill, an entire decade will come together to reconnect.
The Fort Mill High School “Yejacka” Reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Home Run Cafe at Knights Castle from 7 p.m. until midnight.
The reunion will bring together old friends from classes 1970 through 1979, said reunion committee member Terry Godfrey, Class of 1972.
“We are a bunch of old Fort Mill folk that like to get together,” he said.
Godfrey said the decade marks an important time in history. “We think the ’70s were unique,” he said. “We were the class that brought in the computers.”
The planning process for this year’s reunion was dramatically different than the first two, which were held in 2007 and 2009.
The committee mainly communicated via Facebook, which has made the process easier, Godfrey said. Technology has also allowed the committee to track down more class members.
Godfrey predicted this reunion will be bigger than the previous ones.
“We have so much more exposure now,” he said.
The reunion will also feature the Carolina Rhythm Band, many of whose members are also Fort Mill High alums.
“They’ve always been a class act,” Godfrey said.
The reunion is gaining popularity even outside of the classes, reunion secretary Gemetta Stanford said.
“It’s really exciting,” she said. “We really enjoy getting to know everybody.”
Stanford said the Knights have been supportive of their effort.
“They’ve been very helpful and have taken care of us,” she said.
The committee spent $1,200 to book Home Run Cafe at Knights Castle, one of the many event spaces located at the Knights Stadium, said committee member Dan Thornton of the Class of 1972.
If the committee holds another reunion, it will look for a different venue in Fort Mill after the closing of the Knights Stadium this fall, Thornton said.
Tickets for the reunion are $10 per person for the event only. The deadline for entry only is today, Oct. 1. Late registration and pay at the door is available for $15. For more information on the reunion and to RSVP, visit yejacka.com.
Volunteers and Fort Mill and Charlotte residents came together to raise money for the fight against hydrocephalus, an incurable brain condition, during Charlotte’s inaugural hydrocephalus walk that was held Saturday at the stadium.
The Knights donated their stadium for the event, said Amanda Garzón, the communications and marketing manager for the Hydrocephalus Association, a nonprofit dedicated exclusively to assisting those facing the challenges associated with hydrocephalus.
Hydrocephalus is an often life-threatening brain condition characterized by excesses cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, according to the association.
The association is the largest private funder of hydrocephalus research in the country, Garzón said.
Hydrocephalus affects an estimated 1 million Americans and 6,000 babies each year, according to the Hydrocephalus Association.
Garzón, whose 13-year-old daughter was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at a young age, said the brain condition has no cure, with the only treatment being brain surgery. Many surgeries have to be repeated due to the failure of implanted shunts.
Garzón’s daughter has undergone 15 surgeries in her lifetime.
The walk, which raised money toward hydrocephalus research and treatment, is 100 percent organized by volunteers, many of whom have family members with the condition, Garzón said.
“They do it out of the kindness of their hearts and the desire to find treatment options and a cure for their loved ones,” she said. “We are trying to raise awareness of the condition.”
The association hopes to raise more than $750,000 to fund research and support education and outreach projects.
Walk co-chair and Charlotte walk coordinator Susan Slattery-Rogers joined the association’s effort after her daughter was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. She met up with co-chair Christy Ruth, whose 10-year-old daughter also has hydrocephalus.
“We felt we wanted to do this journey together,” Slattery-Rogers said. “I would love to find a cure so my daughter doesn’t have to suffer.”
For more information, visit hydroassoc.org or call 888-598-3789.
There is still time to book events at the Knights Stadium in Fort Mill. For more information, go to www.milb.com.