Blue Crabs game, camp helps SaMercy Fund

Raises money to pro­mote UTV, ATV safety

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

With the mis­sion of pro­mot­ing UTV and ATV safety and in mem­ory of two young chil­dren who lost their lives in a tragic ac­ci­dent last year, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs are host­ing a base­ball camp for kids on Satur­day morn­ing, and a jer­sey auc­tion at their even­ing game, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­ward the SaMercy Foun­da­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, for ev­ery ticket pur­chased us­ing the “SAMERCY” ticket code, $6.50 will be do­nated to­ward the foun­da­tion, named af­ter Sam and Mercy McCaw­ley, neph-

ew and niece of Jim Ed War­den, a long time Blue Crabs pitcher.

“We’re just try­ing to get some kids out there to have some fun,” War­den said.

The camp, run­ning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is open to kids be­tween the ages of 6 and 18, with on-site reg­is­tra­tion start­ing at 8:30 a.m. The reg­is­tra­tion fee is $75 per camper, all of which will go to­ward the SaMercy Foun­da­tion. Campers will get the op­por­tu­nity to learn from elite for­mer Blue Crabs play­ers such as War­den, Char­lie Man­ning, Joe Gan­non, cur­rent team man­ager Jeremy Owens, as well as other cur­rent Blue Crabs play­ers.

Through the SaMercy Foun­da­tion, War­den hopes to raise pub­lic aware­ness to the dan­ger of UTVs and ATVs and how proper safety prac­tices and adult su­per­vi­sion can pre­vent another avoid­able tragedy.

“Af­ter this hap­pened, it just opens my eyes; it opened our en­tire fam­ily’s eyes to the dan­ger,” he said. “How some­thing can hap­pen in a split sec­ond and then take two pre­cious lives away.”

On June 11, 2015, Sam and Mercy were vis­it­ing rel­a­tives near Mont Belvieu, Texas, and, with­out seat belts, were riding on an UTV with other chil­dren when the ve­hi­cle sud­denly over­turned, pin­ning them un­der the roll cage, ac­cord­ing to a pre­vi­ous re­port.

Sam, 5, and Mercy, 7, both suf­fered fa­tal in­juries as a re­sult.

“Our world kind of stopped that day, and it’s been for­ever changed,” War­den said. “They were the sweet­est kids, the most well–man­nered, God–lov­ing kids.”

“Their par­ents were as at­ten­tive and lov­ing as they could have been,” he con­tin­ued, “and they were un­der the su­per­vi­sion of some­one else when this hap­pened.”

War­den hopes that through the SaMercy Foun­da­tion, they can ul­ti­mately spur leg­isla­tive change to help pre­vent another fam­ily from en­dur­ing such a tragedy.

“It’s changed the way we look at cer­tain things, like UTVs and ATVs, and it’s also changed the way we look at ev­ery­day,” he said. “And how much of a bless­ing that ev­ery­day is with our chil­dren and with our fam­ily … Th­ese are ma­chines, not toys. Th­ese ma­chines can take some­one’s life in a heart­beat.”

For those un­able to watch the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs take on the New Bri­tain Bees at 6:35 p.m. Satur­day, do­na­tions can also be made through the Charles County Com­mu­nity Fund, with the memo “SaMercy Fund.”

Mercy, 7, and Sam, 5, McCaw­ley, who trag­i­cally lost their lives in an UTV ac­ci­dent last year. The South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs are host­ing a base­ball clinic on Satur­day morn­ing, for kids ages 6–18, and a jer­sey auc­tion at their even­ing game. All pro­ceeds will go to­ward the SaMercy Foun­da­tion.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jim Ed War­den stands with Sam, Mercy and other fam­ily af­ter his last game as a mem­ber of the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs in 2014.

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