WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (December 12, 2011) -- The William & Mary Baseball team recently participated in the 5th annual Reading Day at New Kent Elementary School located in New Kent, Virginia on December 8, 2011. Taking time out from exam studying, the team travelled to New Kent with Head Coach Frank Leoni. The Tribe baseball players participate every year in the event, which occurs just prior to the College's winter break. The event allows the team to spend time reading and getting to know some of the students at New Kent Elementary School, during which time the team emphasizes the importance of reading and academic success in achieving personal goals. Each student-athlete spends roughly 20 minutes with each class, reading a book, fielding questions, and interacting with the students. 

"We view it as integral to the success of the team to have the support of our local community behind us. New Kent Reading Day allows us to show the people that support us throughout our season how much we support and appreciate them as well", said sophomore pitcher Matt Houston. "The ability to give back, especially around the holiday season, is incredibly rewarding." Tribe baseball remains committed to giving in the community, as illustrated by their efforts this fall in hosting two clinics for physically challenged adults, as well as their work at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk.