For Immediate Release: May 31, 2012
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV – Glenville State College Head Baseball Coach Tom Gilbert is teaching his players more than how to play baseball. “All my players learn how important it is to give back to their communities to truly see how fortunate they are to be at GSC,” said Gilbert, who also serves as the GSC Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Coordinator.
The team worked on community service projects throughout the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters. Such projects included visiting the local nursing home on several occasions, helping the Gilmer County Recreation Center with moving chores, raising money for Relay for Life, and planting trees at Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia (Kanawha County) as part of the Glenville State College ‘Adopt an Airport’ project.
“Our team has a lot of fun working on community research projects. We want to give back to the community that supports us,” said Pioneer pitcher/third baseman Brock McClung. He is a sophomore Environmental Science major from Point Pleasant, West Virginia (Mason County).
During the Spring 2012 semester, the players held a ‘meet the team’ night at the Glenville McDonald’s as a fundraiser and opportunity to meet local community members.
“At McDonald’s and the nursing home, I enjoyed telling stories with Glenville locals and hearing how much the town has changed. Planting trees at Yeager Airport was also a great opportunity for our team to spread the good news of GSC in our state’s capital and my hometown,” said Pioneer pitcher/infielder Chris Knapp. He is a junior Criminal Justice major from Charleston, West Virginia (Kanawha County).
“I believe all of the baseball players at Glenville State College have the privilege to represent this college and this community. There are great lessons learned about yourself when you give your time and care to another person or contribute to your community,” added Gilbert.
For more information about the GSC Baseball Team or if you have a community service idea for the players, contact Gilbert at Tom.Gilbert@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6239.