NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
The Cal State Northridge Matador baseball program, in partnership with Harper for Kids, will kick off its community outreach schedule by visiting Germain Street School in Chatsworth, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The Matadors will take a trip to the school for "Playground Wednesday," a chance for the players to interact with elementary school students, put skills on display and mentor students on values such as organization and leadership.
"'Playground Wednesday' will be an exhibition with a lesson from Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success tied in," said CSUN head coach Greg Moore. "Our players will introduce themselves to the kids and demonstrate skills like playing catch or turning double plays on the playground."
Being in the proper the mindset and succeeding in life as an athlete, business professional or in another occupation starts with the same basics of preparation. These mental fundamentals help guide you through whichever path you choose in life.
"Stay active and exercise each day, eat as healthy as you can, and take pride in academics," said Cal State Northridge pitcher Kyle Ferramola when asked about advice he'd share with younger students. "Remember, there is always someone your age working just as hard or harder to accomplish the same goals as you."
While the first "Playground Wednesday" is scheduled for September 18th, Coach Moore and his staff plan on establishing a weekly program with schools in the San Fernando Valley.
"There will be a few different partners," added Moore. "This will be a consistent program that will get us out into the community and allow us to bring baseball to younger kids each week."
UPDATE (9/7/13): This version reflects a change in date with the event. The orginal demonstration at Germain Street School scheduled for September 20th has been changed to September 18th.