The San Jacinto College baseball team recently honored veterans and current members of the military with their ninth annual Military Appreciation Game, April 1 against Navarro College.
“This game is important for us as a team because it is a way for our baseball program to thank military members for their patriotic service to our country,” said Tom Arrington, head coach. “We started this nine years ago and plan to continue for years to come.”
This sentiment is not lost on the team either, especially those with close ties to veterans.
“It was my pleasure to participate in the game to recognize all veterans, but especially to honor my dad who served in the Navy,” said Luke Little, Gators pitcher. “It was even more personal to me, as I saw him in the stands. I wanted to show him how much I respect and honor him.”
During the pre-game ceremony, the Crosby High School JROTC presented the flags as the National Anthem was performed by San Jac student Joanna Thompson.
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by full-time San Jacinto College student and Iraqi veteran, Staff Sergeant Irvin Fuller.
Fuller enlisted in the United States Army in 1996 and during his time in the military, he was assigned to several duty stations including: Hawaii, Texas, and Kansas; as well as serving three tours in Iraq. Currently Fuller also works part-time in the San Jacinto College North Campus Veterans Affairs Office, continuing to help his brothers and sisters in arms.
“This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart,” said Fuller. “I love working in the veterans’ center because I'm able to relate to what they are going through. It allows me to better understand their issues and help them with any problems they may have.”
The Veteran Centers at the Central, North, and South campuses serve the men, women and families of those who have honorably served in the military and assist them with reaching their educational goals by utilizing their veteran education benefits in an inclusive environment.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries, and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.