Pina Guillaume and Francis Ezeiru working at Seton Center

Sep 9, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.--The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics Department showed its support for the town of Princess Anne, Maryland Saturday. As part of Community Service Day, UMES student-athletes from baseball, men's and women's basketball, golf and softball worked to clean and revitalize various areas of downtown Princess Anne.

Head coaches Pedro Swann (baseball) and Sam Douglas (softball), as well as their assistants, worked with their teams to clean windows, and remove debris from storefronts along Main Street from 9:00 a.m. until a cook-out at Manokin Park at Noon.

Members of the golf team worked to restore areas around Main Street, which runs through the heart of Princess Anne.

Head Coach Fred Batchelor of the women's basketball team and assistants ReVonda Whitley and Cedric Jenkins worked and played while beautifying the Garland Hayward Center. The "play" came after all the work was done, of course, as practically the entire team played hop-scotch for what seemed like hours.

TeAmber Burke was the self-proclaimed "Hop-Scotch Player of the Year," but all of the team had a good time giving back to the community and being with one another.

Men's basketball, led by Frankie Allen and his assistants, cleared shrubs, raked and disposed of trash around the Seton Center. Another volunteer mentioned how nice it was to have "taller" people at the Center to help reach places he could not. He was referring to teammates Pina Guillaume and Francis Ezeiru, who are 6-foot-9 and 6-foot-10, respectively.

Ezeiru said, "This is my first time doing anything like this."

Whether it is a first time for others or not, taking part in community outreach will become more of athletics' focus this year and going forward. The athletics department views community involvement as part of its mission to the university and Princess Anne.

"It was great to have the athletic teams involved," said Eric Jodlbauer of the Princess Anne Main Street partnership.

Several UMES athletic teams will participate in community service as a team and as part of athletics. Each year, the UMES Athletics Department participates in the Wicomico County Relay For Life event that takes place September 27 at Perdue Stadium.



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