Two Shriners kids get the chance of a lifetime

Two Shriners kids get the chance of a lifetime

Landon Coats and Cody Creamer are both burn survivors from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston. 

"Felt like it was the right thing to do to make you guys Red Raiders for the day, I don't know if you looked around you might want to turn around, Landon, got you a jersey and locker there," Texas Tech Head Baseball Coach, Tim Tadlock said. 

Surprising both of the boys, by making them members of the team. 
"I didn't think we would get jerseys or our own locker," Coats said. 

"I think it's really neat and these jerseys are really neat, I'm really thankful for what Shriners has done today and for letting me be able to be a part of the team and spread awareness," Creamer said. 

Spreading awareness, through the game of baseball.     
"It's just a chance to see two kids, who you know after their accident may not have ever been able to play collegiate athletics, but to have Texas Tech still gives them that opportunity, and gives them the chance to interact with their players and coaches and feel a very much a part of their program," Shriners Hospitals for Children Sports Marketing Director, Dustin Johnson said. 

"I think all of us get a lot more out of today from the stand point of Landon and Cody coming up than they probably they get out of it. I mean we learn a lot about what kind of make up we have out here and these guys really enjoy the day, having these guys around, just really a special day getting to spend with those young men," Tadlock said. 

"They are just kids, they are living life even though you know they've had some struggles, they've over come it and Shriners has helped that and it's one of those days you just sit back and you just love it," Texas Tech first baseman, Hunter Hargrove said.  
"It's been good, we've talked and then we got to play baseball together," Coats said. 

"It's really cool coming out here and practicing with the team, batting and catching," Creamer said. 

They even got a couple pointers from guys on the team. 

 "They just told me to bend my knees a little bit, keep my hands up and after I did that you just kinda have to keep your eye on the ball and swing," Creamer said.  

"They said when the pitcher throws the ball you want to look at the ball and then it gets closer, you boom, you swing," Coats said. 

Today is just one part of the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, Texas Tech will be facing SEC power houses, Ole Miss, LSU and Texas A&M.

"It's just one of those things you are out there playing against high caliber teams, while you are playing for the Shriners and it's just one of those things we are lucky enough and fortunate to go out there and play in," Hargrove said. 
The College Classic will be played in Houston at Minute Maid Park, March 3rd through 5th. 

"Some times winning it's more than that, it's you kinda just win for those kids and I feel like when we win, it's not just for us, it's for them and it's just an awesome opportunity to get out there and go play every day, especially play in that tournament, it's a blast," Hargrove said. 

"I'm part of this team now," Coats said. 

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