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Athletes play for Christianity in Dominican Republican

POSTED: June 21, 2013 10:16 a.m.
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A group of teen athletes and adult chaperones left last Friday for a trip to the Dominican Republic to use sports as a tool to spread Christianity.

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Seven teens from Long County High School joined up with five students from Wayne County for a trip to use sports to spread news of the Bible.  
The teens left at 10 p.m. June 14 from A New Beginning Church in Ludowici and drove overnight to Miami. They flew out at 9:45 a.m. the following day to the Dominican Republic.
The group planned to meet with other teens from the Dominican Republic to play softball and baseball and hold a cheerleading camp.
After the teenagers compete on the diamond and in the gym, they will sit down with their fellow students to talk about Christianity.
“We want to get the message of God’s love out to as many as we can down there, and by using sports, we can find some common ground and then spread the message,” said trip organizer and chaperone Paul Austin.  
Long County students who made the trip are Harley Dawson, Kaylyn McEwin, Samantha Garcia, Courtney McNeal, Sydnie Garcia, Cameryn Wingate and Logan Hyde.  
Other chaperones were Christy Wingate, Kristie Garcia  and Matt Garcia.
The Long County group will return Saturday.

Baseball, softball camp planned
A camp for baseball and softball players ages 8-12 will he held at 8 a.m. Monday through Wednesday at the Long County Recreation Department. Cost is $50 per participant. For more information, email

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