Before Brandon Young graduated from Thomson High School in 2003, he spent his time making his hometown proud on the football and baseball fields. Two years after high school, he continues to impress, but now he leaves his mark off the field of play as much as he does on it.
Brandon is preparing to host a "Champions for Christ" baseball camp at Thomson High's baseball field on Saturday, July 2 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Sunday, July 3 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Saturday camp will be a hitting and fielding clinic and the Sunday session will focus on pitching and catching. The camp is free and open to all ages.
While the baseball skills taught will surely be valuable, it's Brandon's other goals for the camp that stand out.
"I want to tell the kids about Jesus Christ," Young said, "and how to form a relationship with Jesus Christ."
Brandon also continues to succeed on the baseball field. He just completed his second season as a shortstop and pitcher for Gordon Junior College, and has received a scholarship to North Greenville College, a Division II Christian school, to finish off his college career. He will play infield and pitch for the Crusaders, an opportunity that Brandon says is "kind of like a dream come true."
Out of high school, Brandon could have gone to the University of Georgia to take a red shirt and sit out his freshman year. The year of eligibility would still be his to use even after his eventual college graduation, but he felt God's call to play junior college ball. Brandon views Gordon College, whose athletic logo is similar to that of the University of Georgia, as a blessing. He also looks forward to playing under North Greenville's baseball coach, Tim Nihart, who is also a Christian and played professional baseball with the Minnesota Twins. Coincidentally, North Greenville College's colors are red and black, just like UGA's.
Brandon sees clearly the purpose for his journey thus far after high school. Even though he will not play ball at a large school like UGA, he feels blessed to have played at Gordon, where he also started a Bible study.
"I had to give up my will," he said, "to let the Lord's will be done."