The fifth annual Rounds at the Grounds: Baseball for Babies game returned August 21, pitting local celebrities and doctors in a fierce competition. The players made “rounds” at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville to support healthy babies in preparation for National Infant Mortality Awareness Month.
The Red and Blue teams went to bat, with the Red Team coming out victorious. Congratulations to the following players who won awards:
Golden Glove: David Garrard, former Jacksonville Jaguar
Clutch Hitter: Al Emerick, Al Emerick Productions
Game Changer: Matt Pittman, Matt About Jax/Florida Times Union
Sweetest Swing: Nikolai Vitti, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent
Sweetest Swing: Dr. Robert Harmon, Duval County Medical Society
Most Valuable Player: Dr. Scot Ackerman, First Coast Oncology
Community Leader All Star: Peter Bragan, Jacksonville Suns
Heart & Hustle: Corrine Brown, Congresswoman
Afterwards, the All Stars, doctors, staff and families enjoyed the Jacksonville Suns game against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Regions Bank donated a green beach cruiser, which was raffled off during the game. Congratulations to the winner, Shelly Crawford!
Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors; players; the Jacksonville Suns; volunteers and everyone who came out to enjoy the game! The proceeds from the event will benefit the Coalition’s community-based programs, like the Magnolia and Azalea projects, the Teen Health Project, “Make a Noise! Make a Difference!” and more.