ATLANTA - The Georgia State baseball team took time out of their preseason conditioning work-outs to spend Saturday afternoon with children at Scottish Rite. The day brought smiles to both the faces of the children and parents at the hospital, as well as to the Panther players and coaching staff.

"I think the entire day was very powerful for our organization,"
commented head coach Greg Frady. "The impact that the children had on our team might have been as great as I hope we had on them. I think the day helped to build and strengthen our team to become the people we want to become, while bringing smiles to the faces of the many children we interacted with that day. We truly enjoyed being able to become a part of their lives and I think we might have made some new GSU baseball fans that day as well."

The team had the opportunity to talk to the children and parents, while working one-on-one in a variety of different activity areas that the hospital has designed for their patients. Team members participated in arts and crafts, played video games with the children, shot hoops on the basketball court and even played putt-putt.

It is all part Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick's goal for Georgia State student-athletes to interact and give back to the community. Georgia State student-athletes have totaled more than 2200 hours of community service already this year, with a goal of 3000 hours before the end of the academic year.

Saturday's event was one of several activities that members of the Georgia State baseball team have participated in this year. However, this marked the first time the team participated as a whole.

Georgia State will open the 2010 season at #7 Florida State on February 19th at 4 p.m. in Tallahassee. The home opener against USC-Upstate comes on February 23rd, also at 4 p.m.