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Richard Farrant: The Hickory Thunder Baseball Team Empowers Children

April 30, 2013

Richard Farrant is a business and sales professional based in Hickory, North Carolina. He graduated from William Patterson University with a degree in accounting in 1983. Mr. Farrant owns and coaches the Hickory Thunder children’s baseball team.

In general, children who participate in organized sports perform better in school and have higher self-esteem. Despite being the fourth most popular youth sport, however, kids’ overall participation in baseball has been declining. To reverse that trend, local teams must provide children with positive experiences playing the game and encourage their continuing involvement. The Hickory Thunder team, based in Taylorsville, North Carolina, offers area children under the age of 12that and something more: the ability to participate in a travelling baseball league.

Started in 2011, the Thunder has a roster of 13 children between the ages of 10 and 11. In 2012, the team played in a number of area tournaments, including the Battle of the Carolinas, the Gatorade Summer Championship, and the East Coast Select Nationals, among others. The team will continue providing such exciting opportunities for young players into the future.

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