Saturday, August 10, the North Georgia Conference United Methodist Men teamed up with the Gwinnett Braves to present United Methodist Family Night with the G-Braves. They invited United Methodist Children's Home residents, some of whom had never been to a baseball game, to the game and arranged for their tickets.
They also arranged for UMCH youth Saiquan - a huge baseball fan - to have the honor of throwing out the first pitch! Saiquan was excited and nervous and said that would be a moment that he would always cherish.
More than 300 United Methodists and 40 guests from the Children's Home attended the game.
Inviting the UM Children's Home youth and arranging for Saiquan to throw the first pitch was the work of Steve Hart and Traci Pierce. Both are active United Methodist Men and are big supporters of the Children’s Home. (This spring they led UMCH residents on a fishing trip at Camp Glisson.)
"The event was a huge success in many ways," said Robert Kopp, Executive Vice President or Activities and Retreats for United Methodist Men. "This night started with a local church three years ago, then grew to the district level and now has become a conference-wide event for our organization. Hundreds of United Methodists enjoyed an evening of fun, fellowship and baseball together."