COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Baseball team gave back to the community Saturday morning by participating in its eighth annual Paint-a-Thon at the home of Ms. Eula Taylor in College Station.
The Aggies rounded up 37 players and 15 support staff and coaches to replace two decks, paint the exterior of the home and landscape the yard.
"We think it’s important to give back to a community that is very supportive of our team," Texas A&M Baseball head coach Rob Childress said. "It’s really shows our guys what a positive impact they can have in the community.
“It’s amazing what were able to accomplish today. This is a good way to the let the players know we are going to work hard for everything we get. Finally, it is a good ‘first event’ for the team, working together and working hard to accomplish something."
Residences that need assistance are found by contacting churches and local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army and Elder Aid.
The team's first event was held in 2006 at the College Station home of Mr. Al Bradley. In 2007, the Paint-a-Thon took place at the Bryan residence of Mr. James Nichols and the 2008 event was also held in Bryan at the home of Ms. Dorothy Lockett.
In 2009, the Aggies visited the home of Ms. Mary Weir in College Station to paint the exterior of her house, clear brush and install a new front garden and stone walkway. In 2010, the team spent time at the home of Ms. Lisa Ford on Mockingbird Road in Bryan where it painted and did minor repairs on the exterior of the house as well as created a flower bed in the front and a stone walkway in the back yard. The squad visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Meng in Bryan where it painted and did minor repairs on the exterior of the house as well as created a flower bed in the front yard in 2011. Last year, the Aggies painted, created a flower bed, performed maintenance on trees and provided maintenance at the home of Rod Merchant in College Station.