S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day a big hit
Cameron speaks to students at Hawley Environmental School
MILWAUKEE -- Fresh off a game-winning sacrifice fly that thrilled the crowd in Tuesday night's series opener with the Braves, Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron was in front of a different crowd on Wednesday morning.
Hawley Environmental School was one of more than 30 local host schools in the Brewers' third annual S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day, and Cameron was there to speak to its students and encourage hard work and community involvement.
"It makes me feel good to have this opportunity to share some of the blessings in my life with these kids," Cameron said after the event. "This is what life is all about. It's about teaching, sharing, growth and love. I'm happy I could be here."
S.C.O.R.E., the club's youth education and recreation project, is a program that gives young students a positive message along with an interactive program from Brewers players and staff.
S.C.O.R.E. is an acronym that stands for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence. All five parts are integral to the presentation and are paired with an educational curriculum students learn throughout the year.
Amy Fare, a science teacher and the school's coordinator for the event, was nearly as ecstatic about the Brewers' involvement at Hawley as her students.
"Our school is very excited to be a part of this program," Fare said. "It was our first time having a player at our school and we loved it. It is very important for kids to see good role models up close. He had a huge impact on them, you can tell by looking at some of our kids' faces."
After Cameron's interactive presentation with the students, Miller Park's Racing Sausages made an appearance and the kids went wild. Cameron then stayed after the presentation to hug or high-five every student in the auditorium.
"Baseball is what I do, when I'm out there all I want to contribute for the team," Cameron said. "But this is something different, and is always special. Last year I went to three schools in one day, and it was a long day, but it was well worth it."
Cameron used stories and examples from his own life to illustrate the importance of the S.C.O.R.E principles to the students.
"It was great because he talked about how he grew up, his schooling, his situation, his role models, his mother, and how he keeps striving for excellence," Fare said. "He hit on so many different levels that our kindergarten kids who were sitting here could learn something from him and so could our fifth graders."
Brewers players, coaches, and staff visited more than 30 local elementary schools in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties on Wednesday afternoon to provide the positive foundation that S.C.O.R.E. was created to spread.
Cameron was proud to be a part of the program and cited things players and teams are doing across the league to help their communities.
"It's the one thing I never feel bad about getting up early for," Cameron said. "I like coming out and sharing some of the things that I've been through in my life and maybe touch a life or two."
"I've been doing things like this ever since I got to the big leagues. There are a lot of guys out there who are doing things like this and there's a lot of good being done."
The event left Cameron, the students and even the teachers at Hawley Elementary with smiles on their faces and a great experience to build on.
"Our students will be talking about this for years to come," Fare said. "They'll be able to reflect back that somebody famous in our community cared enough to come to our school and talk to them. It means a lot to them to know that he cares about our school and our community."
Dave Fultz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.