Monday, March 30 will be a day of fun- filled fast pitching out on Auburn University's Cater Lawn. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Auburn Wesley Foundation will be hosting an Atlanta Braves Pitching contest for all students and the public. The event is to help raise fund for the Auburn Wesley Foundation's mission teams.
Each year the Auburn Wesley Foundation sends teams off to many different parts of the United States and world to do different types of mission work. This mission work has included building, relational work and repairing. This year the Wesley Foundation has already made mission trips to Chicago, Illinois and Hayesville, North Carolina. Both of these trips differed. The North Carolina team spent time focusing on housing and building while the Chicago team spent more time reaching out and meeting. This summer the Wesley Foundation will be sending teams to Liberia and Honduras.
Although these trips are amazing opportunities for students, they also require a lot of funding and work. Throughout the year the Wesley Foundation puts on many fundraisers and support- raising events in order to fund each of these mission trips. This year they are very close to reaching their goal with a month left to go in the fundraising process. The Atlanta Braves' Fastest Arm in the South Pitching Contest is a great way for students to have fun while helping the Wesley Foundation reach their goal.
The event will be set up on Cater Lawn. Anyone can come and pay $1 and throw two pitches or they can pay $2 for five pitches. Whoever has the fastest pitch at the end of the day will win a grand prize consisting of a baseball signed by the Atlanta Brave's pitcher, Tim Hudson. The first and second runners up will receive a prize pack. Since the event will run all day, students can come and go as they please and throw as many pitches as they would like. Erin Walker, the event planner thinks it is a great way to have fun for a great cause. "It is cheap and quick. Students can come throw a couple pitches in between classes and compete for the amazing grand prize."
Many students are planning on coming by the event. Jeremey Walker, the Auburn Wesley Foundation's President- elect said that many of his friends are planning on coming just to see who has the strongest arm. "We are guys, we like to do anything that has the word competition in it. It's even better that the prize is a baseball signed by Tim Hudson, and the fact that we are helping raise money for one of the trips I will be taking with the Wesley Foundation this summer."
The Wesley Foundation is working hard to raise these last funds for the trips. This pitching contest is a very creative and fun way to help raise their goals.
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