Gwinnett Braves Players and Families Join Eagle Ranch Children for Special Day of Activities
Chestnut Mountain, Ga. – Gwinnett Braves players took a break from the field to try their hand at another sport – fishing. The players came to Eagle Ranch children’s home in Chestnut Mountain to spend time fishing and talking with youth at the Ranch. While the players and boys fished, several of the players’ wives and family members joined the group to create tie-dye shirts with the girls at the Ranch. The group enjoyed a pizza lunch at the Ranch’s lakeside pavilion.
“We are grateful for these athletes taking the time from their busy schedules during the season to show their support for Eagle Ranch and spend time with the children,” said Eddie Staub, founder and executive director of Eagle Ranch. “Our boys and girls were excited and encouraged to meet the Gwinnett Braves’ players. It’s a great way for the children to finish the summer and give the team a firsthand look at the Ranch.”
Eight players came to the Ranch, including pitchers Jonny Venters, Todd Redmond, Stephen Marek and Vladimir Nunez; infielders Wes Timmons and Chris Burke; and outfielders Brian Barton and Brandon Jones.
“This is just all about going out and having fun with the kids,” said Barton. “I love to help – I feel like that’s part of my purpose. And to be able to give back to the community just feels good.”
In June, the Gwinnett Braves hosted Eagle Ranch Night during a Monday night game to raise awareness in the community about the Eagle Ranch program.
“We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Gwinnett Braves and appreciate the tremendous support the organization has given Eagle Ranch,” Staub said.
Founded in 1985, Eagle Ranch provides a Christ-centered home for nearly 70 boys and girls, ages 8 to 18. Children receive help in every area of their lives, including spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social and physical. An on-campus school serves Ranch children in grades 6-9.
The Gwinnett Braves are the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, and are in the International League. Games are held at the new Gwinnett Stadium, One Braves Avenue, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 30043. Parking is $3.00. For more information about the team and its schedule, visit GwinnettBraves.com.