Chris Combs didn’t understand why so a lot of his buddies and own family have been at Doak Field on Friday before N.C. State’s three-hitter with Clemson.
Nobody informed Combs his buddies and the Wolfpack Club had raised $400,000 for the Chris Combs baseball endowment.
“He didn’t know till we got here,” stated Bobby Purcell, the executive director of the Wolfpack Club.
Combs, one of the top home-run hitters in N.C. State records, may not have permitted his friends to honor him had he known approximately the scholarship endowment.
“He’s this sort of humble character,” Purcell stated.
Combs became identified with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2016 and has been instrumental in supporting improve money to combat ALS. He has raised extra than $3.5 million for Project ALS.
Combs, who grew up in Raleigh, had labored as a partner director for the Wolfpack Club for 14 years till closing 12 months. One of his normal activities become a golfing time out with former gamers and Raleigh professionals.
His buddies came up with the idea for the endowment. Combs, a 5th-round select of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1997, hit 42 home runs for N.C. State and become drafted as a tumbler.
“They desired to do something big to honor Chris,” Purcell stated.
About 30 minutes before Friday’s sport, Combs’ own family, N.C. State teach Elliott Avent and the Wolfpack supplied Combs with a $400,000 take a look at to establish the endowment.