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Crawdads Help Out NC Boys Academy

'Dads players/coaches help prepare campus for grand opening
July 25, 2014

Hickory, NC - The Hickory Crawdads recently teamed up with the newly formed North Carolina Boys Academy, with several 'Dads players and coaches helping to prepare the NCBA's Lake Hickory campus for its first ever class of boys this fall.

The entire Crawdads team spent time on July 17th helping to paint several buildings on the campus. The 'Dads also had a chance to showcase their skills in a whiffle ball game with the boys from Camp David, NCBA's corresponding summer camp.

"We were more than happy to spend our time helping out such a good cause," said Crawdads Manager Corey Ragsdale. "It was good for our guys to be a part of something like that. We also learned that they're all better baseball players than painters."

The North Carolina Boy's Academy is a therapeutic Christian boarding school for teenage boys struggling with life-controlling problems. The program exposes students to godly male roles models in a 12-15 month process that includes 3 phases, P1- Wilderness, P2 - Advanced, P3 -Leadership.

The NCBA's campus was originally opened as a leadership-training center for Duke Power Co. in 1959. The Boy's Academy purchased the facility in December of 2013, with the inaugural class scheduled to start this September. The Campus contains 12 buildings and 28 lodging rooms spread across a 16-acre campus on Lake Hickory.

For more information regarding the North Carolina Boys Academy, visit their website at, or contact camp facilitator John Steigerwald at (828) 256-2126.