GW Baseball Continues to Be Active in the Community
Colonials Launch Partnership With Home Run Baseball Camp
Nov. 13, 2013
The George Washington baseball team's fall practice schedule has concluded, but the Colonials are still keeping busy with individual workouts and various community service initiatives.
Last week junior Ryan Xepoleas earned GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month honors for his efforts with College for Every Student and the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.
In addition to those projects, the Colonials are also involved in the Home Run Baseball Camp, which offers baseball education to underprivileged youth throughout Washington, D.C.
The mission of the organization is to provide a safe, fun and nurturing environment where children ages 4-12 can learn baseball skills.
GW has been working closely with Savoy Elementary school, an Arts Education Institution located in Anacostia. Savoy is one of eight elementary schools in the nation endowed by President Obama's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Turnaround the Arts Initiative.
"A couple of us from the team went over to Savoy Elementary and visited with a third-grade gym class," said senior Taylor Lambke. "We mainly taught basic baseball skills with them such as throwing, catching, fielding and batting with both boys and girls. The kids love it and it allows them to have fun, work together as a team and maybe even find a love for baseball."
While being a full-time student-athlete does not leave him with much free time, Lambke stresses the importance of serving as a role model and being active in neighboring communities around Foggy Bottom.
"It is important to be active in the community because people really appreciate it," said Lambke. "You could see it on their faces just how much fun they were having as we played baseball with them. As a student-athlete, it's even more important to be active because a lot of these kids, and even some adults, look up to us. We are role models and are held at a higher standard so giving up some of our time is one of the most valuable things that we can do. As a team, we feel it is important to spread the game of baseball and teach it because it is such a widespread sport. Millions of kids play it around the world. It increases athleticism, hand eye coordination and most importantly, teaches you lessons in life."