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JMU Softball Contributes to Anti-Bullying Event

Sep 6, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

The James Madison softball team recently spent time at nearby Spotswood High School to contribute to the second annual anti-bullying carnival on Aug. 30.

The Dukes helped out with different activities at the carnival and were able to interact with members of the local community by organizing the game booths and helping setup inflatable obstacles. The event was hosted to support the anti-bullying program Olweus, with the intent to raise awareness of the effects of bullying, how to deal with the issue and promote the school’s “Blazer Pride”.

“It’s nice to interact with the community,” sophomore P/1B Jailyn Ford said. “Being a softball player, you don’t get to do it as often as you would like to. So when we have events like this it’s really nice to get out and see what’s going on outside of softball and JMU.”

JMU head softball coach Mickey Dean understood the importance of the event, seeing as he attended Spotswood when he was younger.

“It is always rewarding to be able to help in the community,” said Dean. “This was special in that my team was able to participate and Spotswood is where I graduated from. So that made it especially rewarding. I was also able to see some friends I haven’t seen in over 20 years. I was surprised at how many people were at the event and that says a great deal about this community. It is still the same kind and caring community I grew up in.”

To see a photo’s from the carnival, click here.