Blue Crabs game, camp helps SaMercy Fund
Raises money to promote UTV, ATV safety
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.
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.