Softball: Serving the Community and Supporting our Troops
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Nashville --- As a part of their community service efforts, the Tennessee State University softball team served at the 304th Military Police Battalion's Family Day this weekend. They also played in slow pitch softball game against the soldiers.

On Sunday, the military police units of 304th and the 450th along with their families visited the Gentry Center to enjoy a day of activities, food, games and fun. Family Day was apart of the Batilion's Family Weekend that also included Soldier & Family Enrichment Day on Saturday.

In addition to the scheduled BBQ, popcorn, cotton candy and the activities such as wall climbing, basketball, face painting, raffles and children games, there was an unexpected bonus from the Tiger softball team.

What started as a simple community service project developed into a memorable softball game that everyone enjoyed. Family Readiness Group Leader (FRGL) Jonatalyn Mercer talked about the experience and how the softball game came about.

"When the team arrived, the families were eating lunch, said Mercer.  "I asked if they would like to play the soldiers in a softball game the team said sure! The softball team challenged the military and family members to a game and everyone went to the field." 

 "The softball game was the highlight of the day," added Mercer. It really made the day for the soldiers.  They had the best time trying to out do the women and team. I was so glad to see the softball team come out. They are a great group of young ladies!"

"I want to thank the TSU Softball Team for their support of both the 450th and 304th MPCO's," commented soldier Jonathan Bellavia. "We had a great time playing the game.....and I still like my bunt in the 2nd inning."