Published May 11, 2006
MOUNT VERNON — Lindsey Hamrick was the first female athlete from Hiram High School to sign a national letter of intent to play a college sport. She is now an integral part of the infield, playing second base on the Brewton-Parker Barons ladies softball team. She has a batting average of over .300 and recently hit the first homerun of her college career.
Actually, Hamrick had a stellar career as a high school athlete. She played varsity basketball as a sophomore, but was a four-year starter on the softball team. Her excellence as a high school softball player resulted in her receiving the Bobbie Bailey Award for Athletic Excellence from Kennesaw State University and the United States Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award.
At Brewton-Parker Hamrick has been a three-year starter at second base. She led the team in hitting in her first year and was selected to be on the Freshman All Conference Team. Since arriving at BPC she has also been chosen to be on the Southern States Athletic Conference Second Team All Conference Team twice and recently made the Academic All Conference Team for the second time.
The Brewton Parker ladies softball team struggled some at the beginning of the season, but Hamrick declares, “We have really pulled together recently and played some of the best ball we have ever played. One of the biggest thrills of my life was beating two nationally ranked teams late in the season.”
Lindsey’s grades attest to her excellence as a student. She finished 4th in her class of 280 students at Hiram and was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She also served as treasurer of the National Beta Club.
She has continued to give a good account of herself academically at Brewton-Parker by maintaining a 3.5 grade point average and having her name frequently appear on the Dean’s List.
Hamrick is making a significant impact both athletically and academically at Brewton-Parker, but her greatest influence may be in the spiritual realm. She accepted Christ at the age of six at her great-grandfather’s funeral. She states, “I realized then and now that life is not worth living without Christ as Savior and Lord. Without Christ I could not make it through each day. My relationship with Him has to be the most important thing in my life.”
Hamrick continued, “Being a student athlete brings about added stresses and pressures. There are physical stresses on the body, pressures to stay caught up academically with fellow students who do not spend all the extra hours each day playing a sport and the demand to perform at my best every time I step between the lines to play ball, but my faith sustains me through the stressful times. “Colossians tells us that ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.’ I try to put this verse into action not only on the field, but in everything that I do.”
Georgia Baptists would do well to know that the ladies softball team meets every Monday before practice for a time of devotion and that they pray every day after practice and before every game as well as at other times. Hamrick states, “One of the great things about being a part of a Christian institution is that we do not have to be ashamed of our Christian faith. We are free to express our beliefs.”
Hamrick has applied her faith in practical ways at Brewton-Parker by doing such things as helping organize a Fellowship of Christian Athletes on the campus. She has served on the leadership team and ministry team of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at BPC. The energetic and personable Hamrick is a currently a member of First Baptist Church in Vidalia where she teaches a 10th grade Sunday School class and often volunteers for nursery service.
Bucky Kennedy, pastor at the Vidalia church, praised Lindsey for having a character above reproach and commented, “She has thrived on the Christian training she has received from her mom and dad and has gone from being taught to being a teacher. She has a great rapport with the girls in her Sunday School class and is always eager to make herself available to serve.”
Lindsey credits her parents with providing a godly influence in her life. She explained, “My parents have influenced me more than anyone else in the world. Being an only child has enabled me to become really close with my family. Before I came to college I got to spend a lot of time with my parents. My dad taught me to be a confident and strong individual. He taught me to carefully weigh each situation so that the best possible decision can be made. He has been a strong role model for my life.
“My mom is my best friend,” Lindsey asserted. “She taught me how to care for others. She has given me my nurturing spirit. My mom’s parents showed me the true meaning of love – that love never gives up.”
Hamrick continued, “On my dad’s side, I am the only grandchild. I love it. I am very close to my dad’s parents, Papa and Granny (Georgia Baptist Convention President Wayne Hamrick and wife, Joan). They are both amazing people of God. I have always been called ‘Little Joan’ because I was and still am so much like Granny. Those two have poured out so much love and touched so many people and I feel so blessed that I get to be a part of the Hamrick family.”
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