ASU Baseball's Erik Averill Hands Out Shoes And Smiles

Nov. 11, 2004

Arizona State junior left-handed pitcher Erik Averill spent his Tuesday not only handing out shoes to over 350 elementry school studnets, but he also handed out a lot of smiles.

Sandwiched between a full class schedule and fall practice, Averill joined three-time World Champion Decathlete Dan O'Brien and Arizona Cardinal players Marcel Shipp and Anquan Boldin in a kick-off party and training run for the Phoenix Children's Hospital Kids Rock Youth Marathon. The event was held on Tuesday (Nov. 9)at Excelencia School in downtown Phoenix.

Averill was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection last year and also earned second-team All-Pac-10 Academic with a 3.4 GPA as a finance major. He is 12-6 in 46 career appearances for the Sun Devils.

The Nov. 9 Kick-off was held for three local elementary schools that are sponsored by Phoenix Children's Hospital. Kids heard a motivational speech from Olympic gold medalist Dan O'Brien and also got autographs. Every studnet got a free pair of Reebok shoes.

The youth marathon is being held in conjunction with the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon on Jan. 9, 2005. More than 2,500 kids, ages 6-12, are expected on race day. This one-mile, non-competitive, non-timed event aims seeks to encourage health and fitness in young children.

For more information on Phoenix Children's Hospital Kids Rock visit www.kidsrockaz.com.

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