By: Tim Birney | | December 27, 2020 | Photo courtesy Keith Thomas


BINGHAMTON — The Southern Tier Hawks haven’t been able to play any games, or in any tournaments due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but they’ve been able to practice regularly here at the St. Mary’s Rec. Center.

Many members of the program, as well as its coaches, have been “giving back” to the community each Saturday by volunteering at the weekly St. Mary of the Assumption-Church of St. Paul community meals at the recreation center.

“If it weren’t for St. Mary’s making the Rec. Center available to us, our kids wouldn’t have any place to play,” said a Hawks spokesperson. “And, our kids — all kids for that matter, need things to do, and places to do them right now.

“Our program giving back our time to these community meals, helping St. Mary’s-St. Paul’s provide food to people who need it, people who might go hungry without it, is just the right thing to do,” added the Hawks spokesperson.

The program provides approximately 200 meals each Saturday, with the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners accounting for even more.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.