The 2017 baseball season is right around the corner, two months away. At Lane College, head coach Stanley Stubbs is entering his first year at the program, in what has been a tremendous off season coaching-wise for the Dragons. However, Stubbs is using the moment to connect with the community.
Stubbs spend some time visiting South Florida to see his daughter who teaches in West Palm Beach, an HBCU alumnus of Bethune-Cookman University. Coach Stubbs not only coaches, recruits, builds and maintains the baseball program, he’s also has his team perform community service around the Jackson, Tennessee region to teach his players more than just baseball.
Stubbs, agreed to speak to the pupils at the Renaissance Charter School on the importance of an education, helping to better serve themselves and work towards dreams and goals.
Coach Stubbs stated, “I giving back, I think you get more. It’s a bit more when you can give something in order to receive. And I think these young students here, I think they are going to learn a lot from this and it’s going to help them and their growth in becoming young adults.”
The Lane baseball team recently collected and donated 49 pounds of food to help stock the food bank pantries around the Jackson area.
According to Stubbs, “community service not only benefits the recipients of the good deeds but also benefits my team by infusing leadership skills in my athletes. This creates team building, organization skills, and memories outside of the games. I would also contend that the athletes end up benefiting as much as the recipients so they can give back from the opportunity they received.”
Lane opens the 2017 season at home against Eastern New Mexico University in a four game weekend series, February 3-5.