In an effort to promote community outreach and awareness, Richmond Hill High School’s Wildcat baseball players will be collecting school supplies at their annual “‘Cats Night Out” varsity game, which is set for 6 p.m. March 29.
The players will collect donations the week prior and will have bins set up at the game for donations to the Matthew Freeman Project: Pens and Paper for Peace. In honor of Marine Capt. Matthew Freeman, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, the Wildcats have invited his mother Lisa Freeman to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the game against Wayne County.
Lisa Freeman formed the not-for-profit project after her son’s death to collect pens, paper and other school supplies and send them to U.S. military for distribution in war-torn countries where children’s education has been affected.
Also, as part of “‘Cats Night Out,” Bryan County Board of Education and RHHS officials will be recognized and players and coaches of the school’s three baseball teams will be introduced.
The Pens and Paper for Peace drive is the first of several community outreach events planned this season: The players will host Military Night on April 1 to honor area armed forces; “Pack the Park” day is April 2 to recognize the Richmond Hill recreational youth baseball program; and Public Service Appreciation Night is April 8 to honor local police, fire and emergency services.
“We hope that through these special game-day events, the people of Richmond Hill realize how much we value them and their support,” Wildcats head coach Stacy Bennett said. “We’re very fortunate to be a part of this community and it’s important that our players show their appreciation by giving back.”