"This is a great honor for John, his family, his coaches and the teachers who have taught him through the years," said Griffin head baseball coach Kevin Mobley.
Pope has been a catcher for the Bears on the diamond, and he will be looked to this year to provide strong senior leadership. North Carolina A&T is a member of the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
Attending the ceremony were, front row from left: Father John Pope Jr., John Pope III (with pen and paper), mother Janice Pope. Back row, from left: Griffin Athletic Director Kennedy Holt, former head coach Jamie Cassady, Pope's fall and summer league coach Ryan Childs, sister Brittni Pope, Griffin assistant coach Fred West, Griffin head coach Kevin Mobley.
(Photo courtesy of Griffin High)