Braves caravan pays visit to local school

Photo by Nate McCullough

Photo by Nate McCullough

SUGAR HILL -- The Atlanta Braves' two-week journey through five Southeastern states is coming to an end today.

Since Jan. 30, the Braves Country Caravan has been traveling to communities in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Spanning more than 3,000 miles, it was the largest Braves Community Caravan ever.

"We're such a regional franchise," said general manager Frank Wren. "We wanted to get out to as many communities in as many states as possible to let people see what the team's going to look like this year and build excitement for the new season."

On Wednesday, the penultimate day of the tour, the caravan stopped at North Gwinnett Middle School. Braves catcher Clint Sammons, a Parkview graduate, was among the players who visited the school.

"We have a chance to get back in the community and help these kids in a positive way," Sammons said.

During the school visit, Sammons and players Matt Diaz, Troy Glaus and Eric O'Flaherty visited classrooms and spoke to students in a team sports class. The players encouraged the students to participate in a variety of sports and go to college.

"Just because you can't play sports doesn't mean you can't be successful," Sammons told the students.

The Braves will be in Gwinnett again on Saturday for Gwinnett Braves Play Day, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gwinnett Braves Stadium. The event, including parking, is free.