An Author Underwrites a Successful Track ProgramThe track at New Bern High School was paid for by the writer and runner Nicholas Sparks, in sunglasses.
By ANNA KATHERINE CLEMMONS
Published: June 14, 2008
NEW BERN, N.C. — At the convergence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers in the wetlands of eastern North Carolina sits this town of 29,000 people. It has been around for nearly 300 years, but has never had a reputation as a breeding ground for professional athletes. One of its proudest athletic achievements came last year, when the New Bern Bears defeated Charlotte Independence for the Class 4A high school state football championship, after which the town threw a parade. Continue reading at,