ATLANTA - Members of the Georgia State baseball team took time out of their preseason conditioning work-outs to spend Sunday morning with the children at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta 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.

"It was an honor to be able to go to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite on Sunday morning," commented head coach Greg Frady. "The experience always provides a lot of smiles for both the patients, parents and our student-athletes, while giving us a great appreciation for the things that we have. Our goal is to help make them feel better and build them into Georgia State fans for life."

A total of 13 student-athletes, plus coaches and staff 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.

Over the course of the next two weekends, two more groups will visit the hospital to bring smiles to the patient's faces.

Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick has set a goal for all Georgia State student-athletes to interact and give back to the community. After accumulating more than 4000 hours of community service during the 2009-10 academic year, Levick has set a goal of more than 4500 hours of community service for the 2010-11 academic year.

Georgia State will open fall practice in a few weeks as preparations are already fully underway for the 2011 season which will begin in February.