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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Walker an athlete who gets it

Sports vernacular, by nature, is violent. Allusions to war and violence permeate numerous interviews or written works.

Those are words you likely won't hear coming from Todd Walker. The former Airline High and LSU baseball star has good reason to. One of his family friends, Jacob Schick, is a former Marine who was injured during combat in Iraq.

On Saturday, Walker had his annual baseball clinic, which helps raise money for Schick and other charities. Schick attended the camp for the first time and spoke to the campers. Walker, meanwhile, explained to the 6-to-14-year-old campers in attendance and explained why he chooses to avoid using terms like "going to battle" and "war" in describing baseball games.

On Veterans Day, Walker proved above all doubt he understands what makes a hero.


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