Bits & Pieces: Goode does good with CoolKids program

We have people in our community who always step up to the plate when a need arises, and Martin Goode, a track coach at River Hill, is one of them.

Martin is supporting a program called CoolKids, which has established a school in Baltimore for children with cancer.

The schoolhouse allows children who have undergone radiation treatment to learn in a more sterile environment.

The CoolKids Campaign started Oct. 19 and already Martin has run the Baltimore 10-miler with the man who got him involved in CoolKids, Channel 2 meteorologist Justin Berk. Martin also ran in the Baltimore Marathon to raise funds.

The kickoff campaign for CoolKids was a reception for the CoolKids Learning Center in Towson with Dr. Nancy Grasmick, the outgoing state school superintendent as speaker along with Jay Scott and Mt. Hebron student Clarissa Schilstra.

"It really is a great program," Martin said. "We want to be able to add on to the schoolhouse, and I do what I can do to help."

It's never too late to learn

I do not like to see young people give up because of a mistake earlier in their lives. Maybe they didn't take education seriously because they weren't motivated, their parents didn't care or they didn't seek guidance. Or maybe they were influenced by friends who just wanted to have a good time.

Nobody gives you anything. You have to go out and earn things on your own. If you are satisfied with your present status, that is one thing and I wouldn't read on. However, I feel that you can always do better but you have to want to do better.

Never give up on yourself. Even during difficult economic times when jobs are at a premium, you can still make it. You first have to have confidence in yourself and don't be ashamed to ask for direction and help. Go back to school. You might actually enjoy it the second time around.

Race to remember Panzera

Friends of the late Michael Panzera are holding the third annual MPIZZLE 5k and Kegs for Cancer event on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Hammond High School. The event will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mid-Atlantic. Registration for the 5k will open at 9:30 a.m. at the Hammond High track. The race will begin one hour later.

There is no registration fee but donations will be accepted. The Kegs for Cancer celebration begins at 1 p.m. at Sonama's Bar and Grill in the Owen Brown Village Center.

Michael Panzera played soccer at Hammond High and was a second-year student at the University of Maryland when he died at the age of 19 from a brain tumor. Last year the Michael Panzera Foundation raised over $7,000.

McPhearson helps win WWBA tourney in Florida

Matthew McPhearson, a Columbia resident and junior outfielder for Riverdale Baptist, recently participated in the WWBA 18-U Tournament in Jupiter, Fla., in front of hundreds of coaches and pro scouts.

On Oct. 24, McPhearson's team, the Marucci Elite, won the tournament, which featured a field of 85 top teams from around the nation. The Marucci Elite, which is based out of Louisiana and features players from 10 states, defeated a team from Central Florida in the championship, 3-2.

Last year, as a sophomore, McPhearson batted .282 with 31 runs and 18 RBIs, and stole 30 bases while being caught only once.

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