Gents Baseball Spends Time at Shriners Hospital
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

SHREVEPORT – On Tuesday the Centenary baseball team visited with the children who call Shriners Hospital home. The Gents gave the kids autograph baseballs, took pictures and talked with about 20 of the patients.  


Many of the children at the Shreveport Shriners Hospital are in need of prosthetics limbs, and they are there rehabbing from accidents as well. One of the children the Gents met with was a survivor of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.


Making the children smile today from Centenary was head baseball coach Ed McCann, and student-athletes Calvin Sanchez, Teddy Saenz, Alex Maldonado, Chris LaLonde, Tim Kelleher, Dakota Robinson, Matt Clark, Jeremy Sheehan, Mike Davis and Jason Blilie.


“Today meant so much to the kids at Shriners. The few minutes we spent with each kid put a smile on their face and ours,” said McCann. “I look forward to doing this ever year, and I can’t wait to go back at Christmas.”


Shriners offers men and their families an opportunity to meet new friends who have similar interests. There are 191 Shrine Temples, or chapters, located in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama. Informal Shrine Clubs are located around the world.

Shriners of North America have a philanthropic mission as well-- to support Shriners Hospitals for Children, a world-class network of 22 pediatric specialty hospitals located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children have significantly improved the lives of more than 800,000 children.