Eagles baseball players visit elementary school students

JD Osborne and Brandon Gali read to fifth-grade students at Spessard L. Holland Elementary School in Bartow.
JD Osborne and Brandon Gali read to fifth-grade students at Spessard L. Holland Elementary School in Bartow.

Twelve Polk State baseball players took time away from studies and practice on May 1 to give back to students in Polk County.   

The players went Spessard L. Holland Elementary School in Bartow, where they visited classrooms and read to students.

"I had a blast reading to the students and answering their questions," said sophomore Luke Parker.

"The kids were really into it, and it felt good to put a smile on their faces and promote the importance of reading at the same time."  

Players also spoke about the importance of education and what it's like to be a student-athlete in college.   

"Our guys understand how fortunate they are to be student-athletes in college, and getting out to Spessard L. Holland Elementary and reading and speaking with the students was a great way for them to give back some," said Head Coach Al Corbeil.

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