PORTSMOUTH – As the holiday season approaches, volunteers from the Salvation Army are out in the community ringing their bells and collecting donations to help families in need. Included among the volunteers are members of the Shawnee State Baseball team that have been stationed outside of Kroger in Portsmouth.
Throughout the day, players took turns ringing the bell and gathering donations. As an athletic department, Shawnee State is a member of the NAIA's Champions of Character program. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' Champions of Character provides training to ensure student-athletes know, do and value the right things in all areas of life. The five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership are put into play, accounted for and tracked at all NAIA schools.
"I want to thank the Salvation Army for the opportunity to serve our community with our bell ringing day. An integral piece of our mission within our baseball program is servant leadership and creating opportunities for our student-athletes to give back to the community. Hopefully, we can make this an annual event," stated head coach Ted Tom.
Shawnee State was once again recognized as a Five-Star Champions of Character Institution for its scorecard turned in following the 2012-13 academic year. On the national level, the Salvation Army collected $148.7 million during its campaign last year using local drives like the ones baseball participated in.