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Princeton continues its outreach in the West End community with the Princeton Boys Lacrosse Team which just completed its second spring season. Players are fifth and sixth grade boys—ages 10 to 12—from nine different schools located in the western communities of Birmingham participating in the greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association (GBYLA). Princeton Chaplain Len Gavin and Dr. Richard Embry, the hospital’s chief medical officer, are the coaches. The team played four games in West End for the first time this season. These home games have helped grow the Princeton Lacrosse program and build a positive image of our West End Community.
Gavin, who grew up in Birmingham’s West End, has been involved in the hospital’s community outreach since he joined Princeton’s Pastoral Care team 12 years ago. “Princeton has been in this community for many years. Our Mission is to be a witness to God’s love as revealed to us through Jesus Christ. It’s very evident to me, and I think to the hospital, that God has great love for the children of this community,” he said.
Last year the Princeton team was chosen to be a US Lacrosse Foundation First Stick team. The First Stick Program is a grassroots initiative for new and developing youth Lacrosse teams nationwide. The team was one of 38 youth teams from 23 states to be chosen for this recognition and was the only team in Alabama to be selected. The foundation works to expand participation across traditional boundaries and inspire kids to play hard and dream big within the sport of Lacrosse and the game of life.
Gavin is proud of the team’s accomplishments and even more proud of the example they set. “We have been given numerous opportunities to share what God is doing in our midst at Princeton and in our community. These kids’ hearts have touched so many others. Every kid has such a big heart. It’s the heart of Jesus and his love just flows through them,” Gavin said.
About Princeton Baptist Medical Center - Opened in 1922, Princeton Baptist is the largest hospital of Baptist Health System. Today, Princeton Baptist is a full service tertiary hospital with approximately 1,500 employees providing a wide range of services including such specialties as diagnostic imaging, cancer treatment, wound care, cardiac services and surgery, bariatrics, pulmonary medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics and orthopedics. This year Princeton celebrates 91 years of medical ministry.