On July 3, Southwire’s Living Well Fitness Center welcomed former Major League Baseball player Bucky Dent. Dent and a few members of his team traveled to Carrollton, Ga to conduct a baseball clinic for the Southwire community. Despite the rain, the event hosted more than 60 participants, including parent volunteers. “I have never felt so warmly welcomed,” said Dent, after meeting those who attended.
Georgia’s very own Bucky Dent is a former New York Yankees starting shortstop and manager. He earned two World Series rings in 1977 and 1978 and was voted MVP in 1978. Dent is remembered for hitting a home run in the tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox, which led to the Yankees’ win at the end of the 1978 season.
With the help of parents and staff, Dent coached a successful baseball clinic. He and his team worked with the young athletes, showing them successful techniques and providing advice on teamwork and game etiquette. “These kids and their parents are truly thanking us for being here, but I feel like I should thank you for letting us come,” said Dent.
Shona Yaws, Southwire Living Well Manager, echoed Dent’s sentiment. “Living Well was so pleased to host an event for the entire family,” said Yaws. “Even though “baseball” was the theme, we had girls and boys participating, it got parents involved… even grandparents came to see a baseball legend. Everyone seemed to have a great time. I hope this leads to more Living Well family events in the future.”