Hawks Baseball pitches in local community
The Hawks baseball team make their presence known at various community events, including Operation Teddy Bear
Dec. 14, 2017

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland For any athletic team, the offseason presents a golden opportunity to contribute in their local community, and this past fall Maryland Eastern Shore’s baseball team made the most of theirs, pitching in at several events on the Delmarva Peninsula.

“We get involved in community service projects because it not only helps the community, but it gives our guys a better understanding of what giving back is all about.” Head Coach Brian Hollamon said.

Perhaps the most fulfilling event was their annual participation in Operation Teddy Bear, a tradition now in its 34th year, taking place every December at the Holly Center – a 24-hour residential training facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. Members of the Hawk baseball team helped residents onto Perdue trailer trucks so they can get into the holiday spirit by viewing the Christmas light around the city of Salisbury.

Other events where the Hawks showed their communal clout included the American Legion Crab Feast and the Berlin Christmas parade. At the crab feast – held towards the end of summer – players helped local Legion members set up which ensured a successful event. For the Christmas parade on December 7th, the team directed parking and provided assistance in event operations for the “Coolest Small Town in America”, located about 30 minutes from the Maryland Eastern Shore campus.



Being active members of the community is a hallmark for student-athletes who compete on the Hawks’ baseball team. “These events are a great way to contribute back to the community and help us prosper as successful students as we advance into life after college.” Senior pitcher Chris Melrath said.

The 2018 baseball season kicks off in February. A full schedule and details are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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