FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2012
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Glenville, WV—In their first season of intercollegiate baseball since 1983, the Glenville State College Pioneers have struggled through growing pains that were to be expected from a first-year program. A small roster of mostly young inexperienced players has led to a 5-38 record. However, the record belies the hard work and dedication that the team has demonstrated both on and off the field.
During the course of this first season, the Pioneers have not only put in the long hours required for practice travel and playing so many games, but they also found time to give back to their community and their state.On Friday, April 20th, prior to an afternoon double-header with the Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State University, the Pioneer Baseball team spent the morning beautifying the entrance area to Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia. The players and coaches landscaped and planted Rhododendrons and other decorative plants near the new airport sign.
“It was an honor for the baseball team to represent Glenville State College with the beautification of Yeager Airport. I believe that it is our duty to in some way repay the community for the support and opportunities that we are given as athletes,” said GSC Head Baseball Coach Tom Gilbert.
“The Glenville State baseball team was a tremendous help in the ongoing beautification efforts at Yeager Airport. Their teamwork was evident as they planted shrubs and placed mulch around the entrance sign to the airport. We are so pleased with the tremendous partnership that has been forged between GSC and Yeager Airport, said Rick Atkinson, Airport Director.
The morning’s work was the latest effort by the Glenville State College ‘Adopt an Airport’ project which started in 2009. The project is a partnership between the Glenville State College Land Resources Department and Yeager Airport to environmentally reclaim the land that was disturbed during the extension of the runway. GSC students, faculty, staff, and volunteers have spent many hours planting trees on the slopes around the airport that had been cleared for runway extension. To date, the GSC initiative has resulted in the planting of more than ten-thousand trees at the site.
“The work that was done by the GSC baseball team is some very nice window dressing for the reclamation that has already been accomplished at the airport. We plan to include yearly beautification projects as part of our Earth Day activities and our ongoing effort to help Yeager Airport,” said Dr. Bob Henry Baber, GSC Major Gifts Officer who has spearheaded the ‘Adopt an Airport’ project.
The planting at Yeager Airport was just the latest community service project conducted by the GSC baseball team. The team has also spent time visiting with residents of the local nursing home on a few occasions, assisted the Gilmer County Recreation Center with some moving chores, and helped raise money for the GSC Relay for Life.
“As a team, we really enjoyed our service projects. It is good to get out in the community and meet the public and let them get to know us. These types of activities helps build character and brings us more together as a team,” said Brock McClung, Pioneer pitcher/third baseman. McClung is a sophomore Environmental Science major from Point Pleasant (Mason County), West Virginia.