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6-4-3 DP Baseball “pitches in” to help the athletes of Georgia Special Olympics

6-4-3 DP Baseball “pitches in” to help the athletes of Georgia Special Olympics

Marietta, GA – Academy team members within 6-4-3 DP Baseball spent Saturday afternoon supporting, scoring and officiating the Basketball Skills competition of the Winter Games of the Georgia Special Olympics at the Cobb County Civic Center.

Over 22 players from 6-4-3 DP Baseball’s 16u Jaguars, 16u Cougars, 15u Jaguars, 15u Cougars and 14u Cougars teams gave their time, energy and encouragement to the talented and spirited participants as they played their way to gold, silver and bronze medals.

Rick Mang, 6-4-3 DP Baseball instructor and head coach of the 16u Jaguars, has teamed up with Georgia Special Olympics (GSO) three of the last four years to connect the baseball players from 6-4-3 with dedicated athletes from all over the state of Georgia. 

“It’s a very cool thing to see the connection between our guys and GSO athletes,” commented Mang.  “This is their World Series and our guys get to see and appreciate their intensity and sportsmanship throughout the day.”

GSO Volunteer Coordinator, April Solano said, “The 6-4-3 guys were amazing today.  They brought over 20 volunteers; stayed over six hours and were incredible with the athletes!  We would have been in trouble without them.”

Jake Pralgo (15u Jaguars) and Arman Painter (16u Jaguars) served as MCs to award medals to teams and athletes after the competition.  “They were naturals,” said Mang.  “We might have some future baseball playing/communication majors in our ranks!”