Colorado Rockies Demonstrate Six Pillars of Character at SRES
On February 21, players and staff from the MLB Colorado Rockies visited with students at Salt River Elementary School during a “Character Counts” rally in the school’s courtyard. SRES has instilled the “six pillars of character” into its curriculum. The pillars are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
The visitors from the Rockies organization were Dallas Davis, Rockies assistant director of community affairs, and players from the Rockies’ minor league affiliates: Jack Wynkoop, pitcher, Lancaster JetHawks; Peter Lambert, pitcher, Asheville Tourists; Brendan Rodgers, shortstop, Asheville Tourists; and Ben Bowden, pitcher, Asheville Tourists.
Six students proudly held signs showing the pillars of character. The baseball players took turns providing examples of how these aspects of good character can be put into action on and off the baseball field. They also answered questions from the students.
“For us, it’s an opportunity to use the platform of our organization to give back and contribute to our Community. We’re very fortunate and blessed to be part of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. [With] the fact that we play baseball across the street, we want to make sure we’re coming over and talking to the kids as well,” said Davis.
Wynkoop said, “I think it’s awesome that we got the opportunity to reach out to the Community and get to know [the students]. For us to come and give back, even just at an assembly setting, means a lot to us. We enjoy it.”
Lambert agreed. “We love coming back over here, giving back to our Community and being a part of Salt River. Salt River Fields is so great to us.”
For Rodgers and Bowden, it was their first time visiting the Community. “It was a great experience being out here seeing all the kids, hearing all the great questions they had to ask, and seeing how happy they were. It was a good time,” said Rodgers.
“This is my first time being out here and this is also my first spring training. I really enjoyed every minute of it, and I’m really enjoying my time over at Salt River Fields. It’s awesome,” said Bowden.
“Today was great! The character traits that the school is trying to implement are traits that we work on in our team. It’s always fun to feel the energy of the kids and to do what we can to try to give back. If there’s one kid here today that makes one better decision in their life because of our visit, then it’s well worth it,” said Davis.Click here to view photo gallery.