On Monday, June 10, nine players from the Wareham Gatemen visited the LeRoy Wood Elementary School in Fairhaven, MA. The players went around the entire school, stopping in various classrooms to read to children of each grade.
Wearing their Gatemen jerseys, the players read baseball books to all the students and spent the morning interacting with one another. The Gatemen spent around fifteen minutes in each classroom, talking to the children about their baseball career and aspirations, and made sure to answer any questions the kids had for them. A lot of the students were interested to know how old the players were when they started playing baseball, and when they knew they had a love for the sport.
(Gatemen players took a first grade classroom outside for their readings.)
Since it was also almost the last day of school, the students were also receiving their yearbooks and many kids asked the players for their autograph. The children, excited to have Cape Cod Baseball League players in their classrooms, asked a lot of questions and thanked the players for coming. Many even said they hope to come to some of the games and see the Gatemen in action.
Not only were the children happy, but the players enjoyed the impact they have on the younger generation, especially aspiring baseball or softball players.
Gatemen players read at local elementary schools and libraries as part of the team’s community outreach.
(Five of the Gatemen with another first grade classroom.)