TCA’s ‘Hits For Haiti’ about more than softball
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Trinity Christian Academy’s softball program is giving back by donating a dollar for every hit they get this season to an orphanage in Haiti. The effort is called “Hits for Haiti.” “At the beginning of the season, we decided that we wanted to do something to use our platform in sports to step out and help society,” TCA senior Austin Brewer said. The program is simple — every hit equals one dollar donated to the Oedwa Orphanage in Williamson, Haiti. “I was praying about it over the fall trying to decide a good ministry to partner with and found out a few of my girls actually have been to Haiti at this particular orphanage,” TCA softball coach Matt Brunet told WBBJ Friday. A number of players on the team have been able to do mission work in Haiti. “Whenever I went down there, we built benches and desks for the kids,” TCA sophomore Kaley Forsythe said. “It may not seem like it, but every dollar counts.” According to Brunet, “Hits For Haiti” is about teaching student-athletes there’s more to high school athletics than wins and losses. “It is an opportunity to make a difference,” Brunet said. “It doesn’t matter how much money we raise. More importantly we’re raising awareness and hoping that maybe this catches on, not only at Trinity but in Jackson as well.” That’s something his players echo. “It’s not really all about the sports,” Brewer said. “It’s not about the scoreboard. It’s not about winning. It’s not about who we’re competing against. It’s about how we further ourselves as people.” “Going into every game, you kind of think about it,” TCA sophomore Sydney Parimore said. “It’s on your mind, and after you get on base you just think, that’s another dollar for those kids in need.” For information on how you can donate to the Oedwa Orphanage, visit the Seen on 7 section of our website.