Florida’s Brandon McArthur overcomes hurdles

brandon-mcarthurUniversity of Florida’s third baseman Brandon McArthur is up for one of college baseball’s top community service awards. It’s not the first award like this he’s been nominated for — McArthur received a President’s Volunteer Service Award from President George W. Bush’s Council on Service and Participation last November. We’re tempted to say, “Oh well, isn’t that nice!” Which is true, it’s nice. But it’s even nicer when you do a little research on McArthur and see how far he’s come. Graduating out of high school, he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins, but he opted to go play baseball at the University of Florida. At UF, he had his head cracked open one night and the big question was if he’d live, or even walk again. Well, he overcame that little obstacle and is now a contributing member of the Gators (ßthis is probably the best link of the bunch so if you’re going to only read one…), where he’s  the starting third baseman for the No. 20 Gators and hitting .319 overall with 21 RBI and a team-high seven doubles. An attribute cited in his award is for the work he’s done with FCA and working with Christian youth groups where he’s been a speaker.

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