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Atlanta Braves Future Stars Making an Impact!

Some of the Atlanta Braves’ top Minor League prospects had the opportunity to make a few community appearances recently during their week-long trip to Atlanta for winter work outs at Turner Field.

The guys split into two groups for their first appearance, one group visited Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite, while the others visited patients at the Shepherd Center.

Group one spent quality time with the patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in “The Zone,” a play area equipped with game systems, a put-put course, and a basketball court. The guys enjoyed playing board games and video games with some of the patients while others did arts and crafts with the children. The players also went room to room signing autographs and taking photos with the patients who were unable to make it down to The Zone. The players were able to make it to each wing of the hospital and visit with the majority of the patients.

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The second group of players spent their day at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta visiting more than 150 patients. The Shepherd Center is a facility that specializes in spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation and research. They split up and visited each floor of the facility, visiting patients, signing autographs and delivering tomahawks, stickers, and hats. The guys also had the opportunity to meet some of the patients from the SHARE Military Initiative which assesses and treats service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and PTSD from the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts.

The last stop for our future stars was a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site. This site was established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King and is a resource center and community institution for those who wish to learn more about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the King family. The players toured the center and saw historic landmarks and unique artifacts from the King family. During the tour they watched “A New Time, A New Voice,” a short film about Dr. King, visited the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King once preached and took a tour of King’s boyhood home on Auburn Avenue in the Sweet Auburn historic district of Atlanta. The players made their final stop at the site of Dr. & Mrs. King’s tomb and  eternal flame which symbolizes the continuing effort to realize Dr. King’s dream for a world of justice, peace and equality for all.

This was by far a very unique experience for all of the players, witnessing the footprint of the life of one of America’s most influential leaders.

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2013 Braves Country Caravan Recap

  The Atlanta Braves launched the 2013 Braves Country Caravan by traveling to various locations in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. Throughout this two week trip, the Braves players, coaches, alumni, broadcasters and staff made several community outreach stops along the way.

Two stops were special visits to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and to the University of Alabama’s Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Braves players had an opportunity to play games and spend time with many of the children. The smiles on the faces of those kids spoke volumes to the impact that the Braves organization has on the southeast region of our country, better known as BRAVES COUNTRY!

University of Alabama Children's Hospital 

Our stop at Clay National Guard, located at Dobbins Air Force Base, served as a special Braves send off for units preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. The team toured the joint operations center and saw how the National Guard helps respond to disasters in the Southeast, and then they made their way to the drill hall to greet a larger audience of soldiers and their families. The team was greeted by the 116th Army Guard Band playing the Braves chop and Take Me Out to the Ballgame, followed by a Q&A session, autographs and pictures.

Dobbins 

To further demonstrate our gratitude to service men and women, we visited the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. After signing autographs, Freddie Freeman, Tyler Pastornicky, and JR Graham took on the challenge of the mountain climbing wall. This really gave everyone a greater appreciation for the rehabilitation efforts of the veterans at this hospital.

Augusta 

Next, the Braves family visited students at the DeKalb PATH Academy here in Atlanta and at Liberty High School in Liberty, SC. At the DeKalb PATH Academy, Hall of Famer Don Sutton and Bill Nigut, CEO of the Anti Defamtion League led the discussion on bullying. Don Sutton, Fredi Gonzalez, Brian Snitker, Freddie Freeman, and Tyler Pastornicky added their signatures to a “No Place for Hate” Resolution by placing their handprints and signatures on the gymnasium wall. At Liberty High School, we had the pleasure of speaking with local middle and high school baseball and softball players. The students were excited to hear from Terry Pendleton, Chip Carey, Brandon Beachy, and Sean Gilmartin and wanted to know more about life in the big leagues, influential people in their lives and what they would have done if they were not baseball players. 

PATH

One of the most interactive and rewarding stops on the Caravan was our visit to Atlanta’s City of Refuge, an organization that provides resources and assistance to those who are less fortunate. Jason Heyward, Dan Uggla, Brian McCann, Paul Yanish, Reed Johnson, and Cory Gearrin spent time with the pre-schoolers then put their skills to work in the kitchen as they helped prepare and serve lunch to the residents. The Tomahawk Team even joined in by serving beverages and dessert!

City of Refuge

The 2013 Braves Country Caravan was huge a success! The southeast always has been and always will be … BRAVES COUNTRY!!!!

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