COLLEGE STATION, Texas -The Texas A&M baseball team gave back to the community Saturday morning by participating in its seventh annual Paint-a-Thon at the home of Rod Merchant in College Station.
The Aggies painted, performed minor repairs on the exterior of the house and did maintenance to trees as well as created a flower bed in the front yard.
"We want our players to understand that we are going to make a positive difference in the community," Texas A&M baseball head coach Rob Childress said. "It's also a good way to the let the players know we are going to work hard for everything we get. Finally, it is the first opportunity that our players get to meet one another and that is with paint brushes and shovels in their hands."
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. Last year, the squad visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Meng where it painted and did minor repairs on the exterior of the house as well as created a flower bed in the front yard.