Gwinnett Braves Spend the Day with Boys and Girls of Eagle Ranch
Chestnut Mountain, Ga. (July 21, 2011) – The boys and girls of Eagle Ranch spent a fun summer day Wednesday with players and staff of the Gwinnett Braves. Ranch boys enjoyed canoeing and fishing, while the girls explored their creativity making jewelry.
“I didn’t catch anything, but it was really fun,” said 11-year-old Adam. Adam’s housemate, Gabriel,10, agreed. “This is the second year I’ve gotten to meet players and fish. I really liked it.”
This is the third year Gwinnett Braves starting pitcher Todd Redmond has shared a day with the children of the Ranch.
“I look forward to this every year,” Redmond said. “I enjoy coming out and meeting the kids. It’s a beautiful place and the program is phenomenal. The progress the kids make here isunbelievable.”
It was the first trip to Eagle Ranch for infielder Brandon Hicks. “I didn’t know there was a place like this for children so nearby. It’s an awesome set up. I had a great time,” he said.
The Eagle Ranch girls spent time making jewelry with female staff members from the Braves, having the opportunity to meet and talk with women working in professional sports.
“I made a necklace and a bracelet, and we also got to play games,” said Jordan, 12. “It was so much fun.”
The day concluded with all of the children and visiting Gwinnett Braves eating lunch at the Ranch’s Lodge.
“We appreciate the ongoing support of the Gwinnett Braves and our local sports community,” said Eagle Ranch Founder Eddie Staub. “It means a lot for the athletes and supporting staff totake time out of their busy schedules to provide a special day for our children.”
About Eagle Ranch
Eagle Ranch works with children in crisis, focusing on family restoration and reunification. Founded in 1985, the Ranch serves children from North Georgia and metro Atlanta, providing home life, counseling and education for the children on a 270-acre campus in southern Hall County. It is the largest long-term residential facility for children in Georgia. Through its global outreach program – the Wings Initiative – Eagle Ranch also equips others called to develop homes for children in need. Charity Navigator has given Eagle Ranch its top 4-star rating. For more information, contact Eagle Ranch at 770-967-8500.