Lake Norman & Mooresville

Schools combine athletics, charity

Pine Lake Preparatory and Lake Norman Charter School are competing for a good cause.

The two schools will host the Second Annual Paws at the Park on March 16 at Mazeppa Road Park, 645 Mazeppa Road, Mooresville to benefit Great Dane Rescue of the Carolinas.

The Great Dane Rescue places homeless Great Danes from North Carolina and South Carolina into safe and loving homes. The Huntersville-based organization was founded in 1984.

Paws at the Park will be centered around middle and high school spring athletic competitions between both schools. Event attendees are encouraged to drop off donations at either campus. Great Dane Rescue is in need of items, including dog food, blankets, large dog toys and laundry detergent.

"The Great Dane Rescue needs assistance," said Jonathan Bryant, dean of students and athletic director of Lincoln Charter School. "I know every time I have spoken to someone from there, they have an excess of dogs, and these rescues take a lot of time, effort and resources."

Pine Lake and Lincoln Charter will compete to raise the most pounds of pet food leading up to March 16. The school with the greatest amount of food will win a trophy. Last year, the event raised more than 100 pounds of food for the Humane Societies of Lincoln and Iredell counties.

The public is encouraged to bring their pets to the event. Pet tickets are only $1, and all proceeds will benefit the Great Dane Rescue. Dogs can even compete in contests, including the most clever trick, most unique howl or bark, ugliest pet, cutest pet and look-alike contest (pets and owners).

"Great Dane Rescue is a great organization, and I hope we are able to help them out," Bryant said.

To see a complete wish list or get more information about the Great Dane Rescue of the Carolinas, visit

Schedule of Events

All games at 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Middle school softball, Pine Lake Prep vs. Lincoln Charter.

Middle school baseball, Pine Lake Prep vs. Lincoln Charter.

High school softball, TBD vs. Lincoln Charter.

High school baseball, Pine Lake Prep vs. Lincoln Charter.

High school soccer, Pine Lake Prep vs. Lincoln Charter.

5 p.m.: Dog contests.

5:30 p.m.: Baseball, Pine Lake Preparatory teachers vs. Lincoln Charter teachers.