Nov. 12, 2009
Rome, Ga. - This year, the Shorter College baseball team took the time out of its busy schedule to participate in Garden Lakes Elementary National Red Ribbon Week.
This special event was held in honor of Enrique Camarena, a D.E.A. agent who lost his life in his fight against drugs. For his heroic actions, the entire week was dedicated to promote a healthy drug free lifestyle.
On the final day of Red Ribbon Week the players participated in the Red Ribbon Week Parade at Garden Lakes Elementary School.
The parade was a one mile walk around the lake near Garden Lakes Elementary. Each player was assigned a grade level with which they walked during the parade. Following the parade, the players visited classrooms where the kids had the opportunity to ask them questions.
Joey Taylor, a senior Hawks' infielder, was one of the players who visited Garden Lakes Elementary.
"It's great to be able to give back to the community," said Taylor. "Hopefully we made a difference in young kids lives by teaching them that drugs are not the way to go and showing them that staying in school and making good grades, using teamwork, and the importance of respecting others is the right way."
Later that same day, members of the Hawks traveled to Westminster Christian Academy to attend Westminster's Fall Festival held annually around Halloween time.
The players assisted with carnival type games for kids ranging in age from one to four.
Head coach Matt Larry is a big supporter of community work and highly encourages his players to be involved in the community.
"It is very important for our players to be involved in the community," said Larry. "Having the opportunity to speak to kids about the importance of education and being drug free is very important to our program."
In addition, seven of the Hawks, as well as head jayvee coach, Trevor Miller, are participating in the Dominican Republic Baseball Outreach Missions Trip on Nov. 17-21.
"This will be a great experience for our players," Larry said. "It will provide them with a spiritual impact on their life giving them the opportunity to assist with missionaries and church planting and growth."