To celebrate Opening Day at SunTrust Park in April, the Braves Tomahawk Team, Homer and Heavy Hitters drumline visited several schools in the Cobb County School District, including McClure Middle School. During a pep rally for seventh-graders in the cafeteria, student Nicholas Hugg, who plays percussion at the school, was selected by students and the Braves to play with members of the team’s drumline and to compete against a member of the group.
As the competition got underway the cafeteria filled with students’ cheers of support and the thunderous sound of drumbeats. Nicholas said he was thrilled to perform with the group and that students enjoyed the drumline’s performance.
“It is probably going to live with me for a while,” Hugg said. “It is probably going to live with everyone in the lunchroom for a while.”
After performing for seventh-graders and passing out foam tomahawks, the Tomahawk Team and drumline performed for sixth-graders, who lined the hallway and stairs leading to the team’s bus.
Throughout Major League Baseball’s opening week April 10-14, Cobb schools added educational baseball themes and focused on character building, teamwork and civic responsibilities. As part of festivities, students competed to collect the most cans of food for MUST Ministries. The project will help people in need in Cobb and Cherokee counties.