Gents Baseball Visits Shriners Hospital
Thursday, February 18, 2010
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary baseball team is always a Summit League Championship contender and this year will be no different, though, it's their commitment to the Shreveport community that makes this thriving team an all-around asset to the game of college baseball.

The Gents took time out of their preseason preparation to make their annual visit to the local Shriners Hospital earlier this week. Centenary players and coaches came together to provide the children at Shriners an experience to remember.

For their seventh year in a row, the baseball team was able to visit with family members of the children, play games, help with arts and crafts and sign autographs.

Head Coach Ed McCann on why they visit Shriners Hospital:

"It makes our players aware of how blessed they are to be able to play the game of baseball and it brightens up the day for these children. In the end it is our players that are blessed as they enjoy smiling and sharing stories with the children, and they come away with a feeling with a sense of accomplishment."

Centenary baseball and McCann have always made the community a priority as McCann was named Shreveport-Bossier's Man of the Year in November of 2007 from his continued charitable work. This effort has grown to mean much more over the years.

McCann on what this means to the community:

"As far as what this means to the community, it demonstrates that college athletes at Centenary care about people and are willing to give back to the community instead of take and take. In general, these athletes care about people and at the end of the day it is about people and relationships and not the game which they play."

Centenary baseball plans on returning to Shriners during May once school is out and they prepare to win a Summit League Championship.