Clarksville, Ark. - Members of the 2010 University of the Ozarks Baseball team spent the past week reading baseball books to children at the Clarksville Primary School.
In an effort to get more involved with the community and raise awareness for the baseball program, the players took the time to reach out to the youth.
“Community service is such an important part of the entire college experience. Being able to read to youth of our community is a great opportunity for our players to get involved and gain the experience of helping a better cause,” said head coach Jimmy Clark.
The players were split into pairs and read between two and four short books about baseball.
“The experience was awesome,” said senior shortstop Cory Briggs, who is from Greencastle, Pa. “As an early childhood education major, I was more comfortable with the situation, but it was great to see the young kids enjoying the books and getting interested in the game of baseball.”
The team has plans for continued volunteer opportunities within the community throughout the year. Players like sophomore first baseman Randon Webb, who is from Pea Ridge, were grateful for the time they recently spent.
“The experience was fun and I definitely can’t wait to get involved again,” said Webb.
The Eagles baseball team will look to make it four consecutive years of making post-season play as they begin the season in early February. Ozarks opens the year when they travel to Jackson, Mississippi and take on Millsaps College, February 5-6 to kick off the 2010 season.
By Daniel Gallegos, Assistant Sports Information Director