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Venice High Baseball: Excellence On And Off The Field

They’re a high school squad that’s sporting some new hardware, but the reach of the FHSAA Class 7A State Champion Venice High School Indians extends far beyond the diamond.

The Indians are the pure embodiment of a class-act program as the Venice, Fla., team not only clutched the Class 7A State Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in May but also donated an applaudable amount of time dusting off their batting gloves to lend helping hands to their community.

On top of excelling in the classroom with a collective 3.309 GPA (earning the Indians the second-highest mark in their region), the young men got their feet wet with a variety of charitable programs in the area. The players volunteered for Venice Challenger Baseball, a program designed to allow every child who cannot participate on a typical Little League team the opportunity to play on the clay. The Indians assisted the children by helping them hit and field while ensuring the Challenger players got their turn around the bases, even if it meant carrying them across home plate.

Each week following a full day of classes, the Indians extended their stay in school by volunteering in a local reading mentor program, helping elementary school students prepare for their standardized reading tests.

Even on weekends the players dedicated their efforts to causes close to their hearts, notably to the C.A.R.E Autism Awareness 5K each spring.

This season, to honor  the late longtime supporter of the VHS baseball program Colonel Jack Dundas, the players not only had “CJD” sewn into their caps, but they also hosted a Veterans Night to honor those who fought for America’s freedom — just like Dundas did. The Indians went to further their ode to veterans by arranging captains from their fishing tournament fundraiser to take local veterans out for a fun-filled day of fishing.

Though Venice is graduating a player near and dear to my heart (hey, bro!), these young men should serve as an inspiration for the aspiration of programs everywhere. What goes around, comes around. Well done, guys.

Now check out the FHSAA’s footage in this highlight video created by On the Diamond that showcases the damage the Indians did in the FHSAA Class 7A State Championship Finals against the Brandon Eagles.

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