Dec. 10, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin baseball and softball teams hosted its second "Baseball Big Brother Bowling Bash" last Saturday at Texas Pro Bowl. The purpose of the event was to provide children with a safe, fun activity that they may have never experienced before, as well as expose them to role models with the Lumberjack baseball and softball teams.
The children are participants in the Glory Gang organization, run by Executive Director Richard Konderla.
The Glory Gang travels into disadvantaged neighborhoods for visitation during the week and sends busses out on Sunday nights to gather children ages 3-to-12 for a high-energy, excitement-filled presentation complete with a meal, music, games and a faith-based message.
The SFA baseball team, under the leadership of head coach Johnny Cardenas, has been working with the Nacogdoches County United Way to give back to the community for three years.
"We have been very fortunate to be able to have such a good, working relationship with the United Way," Cardenas said. "The team really enjoyed this event last year and was excited to be able to work with the kids once again."
Since partnering with NCUW in 2009, the SFA baseball team has hosted two "NCUW/Lumberjack Tailgate Parties," which included free hot dogs and games for children who attended. The team has also collaborated with other NCUW volunteers to assist in putting on the Main Street "Square on the Square" event held every October.
For more information on the Baseball Big Brother Bowling Bash, call Nacogdoches County United Way at (936)564-5869 or visit www.unitedwaynac.com.