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Cougar Baseball Visits MUSC Children’s Hospital
Release: 12/11/2012
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Several upperclassmen from the College of Charleston baseball team, along with head coach Monte Lee, visited the MUSC Children's Hospital on Tuesday morning.

Seniors Matt Pegler, Bradley Goodson, Tyler Jackson and juniors Brandon Murray and Jimmy Holton were with Coach Lee as the group took the opportunity during exam week to spend time with the younger patients in the holiday season.

"It was a really humbling experience for me," Goodson said. "When you are always caught up with the obligations of baseball and school, it is easy to forget about the important things in life. I was reminded that I can't take any of my blessings for granted."

The group spent the morning decorating ornaments and playing pool and air hockey with some of the younger patients. They also talked about their experience in becoming college baseball players.

"It was a great experience, especially when you realize everything that they have to go through physically," Jackson said. "Being around these kids and seeing everything that they're battling, it puts baseball and injuries on the field into perspective. You realize there are a lot tougher things to go through than not being able to play baseball."

Coach Lee set up the opportunity for the team to meet with some of the patients at the local hospital as a chance to give back to the community. 

"We value the Charleston community and I think our role as educators and coaches is to show our guys the importance of giving back," Lee said. "We thank MUSC for letting us come and spend some time with their patients and we hope that everyone had a good time."

"The morning made me realize how lucky I am to be blessed with good health," said Pegler. "All of the kids had amazing attitudes and made me appreciative of the simple things in life."

Last season, the College of Charleston baseball program raised nearly $10,000 for childhood cancer research through the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The team members shaved their heads in solidarity with children going through cancer treatment and dedicated a game to five-year old Mack Shieder who had been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia.

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