Members of the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team took time out of their day on Thursday to help out at Gloria Hicks Elementary School in Corpus Christi as part of the ongoing community service Islanders Athletics does to help give back to the surrounding area.
Head Coach Scott Malone, along with players Bobby Buckner, Drew Vest, Marc Damon, Dan Sciantarelli and Daniel Minor took time out of their morning to help beautify the campus of Gloria Hicks Elementary.
"I think it's great to get our guys out just to see them in the community," said Malone. "Sometimes we feel like what we're doing is the end of the world; whether you get a base hit, throw a strike or win a baseball game. It's good to get back out into the community, especially at an elementary school and see all these kids at a young age that are coming in and just getting the basics down every day.
"It's nice to come out and feel like you're helping out a little bit."
The group of Islanders spent over an hour pulling weeds and helping rehabilitate flower beds on the local campus to help prepare the area for a garden that the students will plant and help maintain throughout the year.
"To get our kids out here and be a part of that, I think it's good," Malone added. "It just reminds our kids that there is a lot going on in our community and it provides awareness. It gets people talking about us; whether it is Islanders Athletics, Islanders Baseball or Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, just reminding people in and around our city that we have good guys.
"Hopefully it gets some of the kids thinking about being Islanders."