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Rounding Third and Heading for Taft! Reds Hunter Greene Visits Student-Athletes

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Hunter Greene’s surprise for student-athletes at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School hit it out of the park. 

Greene visited the school ahead of Major League Baseball’s annual Jackie Robinson Day, sharing about Robinson’s influence on his personal and professional life, and promoting a message of inclusivity. 

“Not only was he an amazing baseball player and athlete, but he was able to leave a true legacy behind,” Greene said. “Being a professional while going through the era of baseball that he played in is pretty crazy. I’m sure you guys feel that you’re in tough positions a lot, being in environments where you might not feel welcomed or valued. I feel like he was able to be that beacon of light, not just for the African-American community, but every community.”

Students asked questions, posed for pictures and got autographs from the Major League player.

“It means a lot. It helped me boost my confidence about going on the field and pitching,” 11th grade baseball player Amir Garr said.

The pitcher and first baseman added that he learned to always stay focused, “no matter what.”

Hunter Greene Talking with Students     Hunter Greene sporting Jackie Robinson Gear     Hunter Greene with Principal Baggett  

Photos courtesy of Emilee Chinn, Cincinnati Reds