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Aggies Start School Year with Paint-a-Thon

August 30, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – In what has become an annual harbinger of the upcoming school year, Texas A&M Baseball gathered for the ninth annual Paint-a-Thon on Saturday morning. This year the project brought the Aggies to the home of Ms. Janet Gooden in College Station.

The Maroon and White Nine rounded up a crew of 45, including all players and the entire coaching staff, to paint the exterior of the home and landscape the yard at Ms. Gooden’s residence.

"This sets the tone on the first day as to what we want to be as a team," Texas A&M Baseball head coach Rob Childress said. "We want to make a positive impact, not only on the field and in the classroom, but in the community. We want servantship to be part of the fabric of this team.

“Once again the guys did a tremendous job. After nine years, it still blows me away what can be accomplished by 45 guys in six hours when we all know what our job is and we all have the same goal in mind. It is something we can learn from.”

Coach Childress instituted the Paint-A-Thon in 2006 and it is now annually the first team activity of the school year. The Paint-a-Thon has brought the Aggies to five homes in College Station and four in Bryan during the last nine years.

“This is a good way to the let the players know we are going to work hard for everything we get,” Childress said. “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.

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