The Panther baseball team found a unique use for their turf field today. They transformed it from a baseball diamond to an Easter egg field as they hosted a special hunt.
Coach Leroy Mansanales and his players invited the PHS life skills students to join them for an Easter egg hunt.
“We wanted to do something nice for the kids,” Coach Mansanales said. “When I was at Creekview, the head coach (John Herrick) had a brother that was special needs so he started doing this. It was something I wanted to continue doing, and the players were excited about it.”
The Princeton players got on board and spent their athletic period “hiding” the eggs, passing out baskets and helping during the hunt.
“This is a good idea because it was a way for us to help them have a good time,” senior catcher Kole Massey said.
The parents pitched in by collecting donations of candy and eggs, and they were supportive of the community service aspect of the project.
“This is providing an opportunity for the baseball team to work together to do something nice for others,” said parent Stacy Tarby. “Giving to others teaches compassion and understanding.”
This was truly a field of dreams for these students as they spent the morning running across the infield with their baskets. But one of the highlights was getting on the mound to throw a pitch.
“The kids really enjoyed their time,” life skills teacher Kevin Trussell said. “I think they got a kick out of being on the field with the players.”
It was easy for Chris McIntyre to pick his favorite part of the day.
“Throwing the baseball,” he said. “Yeah, throwing the baseball.”