Sailfish Baseball Participates in Ministry Effort at Urban Youth Impact
December 2, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Many times college students like those at Palm Beach Atlantic University can get caught up in the bubble that is their college campus. In an effort to reach out the community as well as minister to some its youth, the PBA baseball team has taken part in weekly mentoring sessions at Urban Youth Impact, a local after school program located in the heart of West Palm Beach.
Spending time with the children ranging from elementary all the way through junior high, the Sailfish players and coaching staff went as a team each Monday and spent a few hours doing a range of activities with these inner-city kids at the “Dream Center”.
Not only a great way to represent PBA, head baseball coach Rob Avila has seen the blessings stretch not only to the children at URI but also to his own players.
“The children appreciate the smallest things sometimes and it’s a great way for us to reach out to the community in a positive way,” said Avila.
“I’ve seen a number of our guys grow through this experience and just spending time with these kids has allowed for our team to not only give back but also be blessed by God in our service,” continued Avila.
Playing board games, helping with homework, and playing outside are just some of the activities the Sailfish players participate in with the children. Games like “Mafia” are a big favorite of some of the children as the programs give the children a positive place to go after school each day.
“We really appreciate Urban Youth Impact and the programs they offer. They have a tremendous staff and create a great environment for these children to come to and we hope through our actions that they see God’s love for them all,” said Avila.