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Youth softball teams take swing at hunger
Girls pack sack lunches for distribution in area
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Youth softball player Ariana Walker adds lunch bags to the pile ready Saturday for distribution by the Georgia Mountain Food Bank in Forsyth County. - photo by Jennifer Sami

For about two hours Saturday, dozens of Forsyth County youth softball players pitched in to help hungry families in north Georgia.

“I like this kind of stuff,” said Ariana Walker, who plays for the U14 Sharon Springs Spartans. “It’s good to give back to the community and it’s fun to do.”

This is the second time Forsyth’s girls fast-pitch softball teams have participated in the sack lunch event. Last year, one team took part, making about 50 lunches for a local church.

This year’s turnout was much larger, according to coach Dan Traynor, who said more than 550 lunches were packed by five teams at the Old Atlanta Recreation Center.

“We wanted the girls to do some community service work,” he said. “It helps them realize that not everyone in our area is as blessed as they are.”

The younger players decorated the brown paper bags while the older girls made deli meat sandwiches, and packed chips, dessert and drinks in each bag.

Meals were sponsored by about a dozen businesses and picked up for distribution by the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

Girls from the 10-, 12- and 14-and-under Sharon Springs Spartans and the 12-and-under Midway Lady Wolverines took part.

“Many of these teams compete against each other during the regular season, but today we’re working together,” Traynor said.

Anna Kulaga said she was happy to help, especially “for the children who don’t have food.”

“It’s very fun,” she said.

Traynor’s brother, Sean, who also coaches a team, said he was proud that “the girls are interested in participating to help the community.”

“They’re taking the opportunity to help out families that are less fortunate than us,” Sean Traynor said.