Olympian Brittney Reese and Ocean Springs Night at MGM Park
The Shuckers were back in action tonight for the first time since last Friday as they opened up their home series against the Mississippi Braves while also welcoming the City of Ocean Springs and Olympian Brittney Reese to MGM Park.
Ocean Springs Mayor Kenny Holloway and 2020 Tokyo long jump silver medalist Brittney Reese threw out the ceremonial first pitches.
The Greyhounds cheerleading squad performed and Mayor Holloway was interviewed as a part of pre-game festivities for Ocean Springs Night.
Reese, who is back on the Coast for the first time since competing in Tokyo, took pictures with fans and was soaking up some Shuckers baseball.
The seven-time women’s long jumping world champion took her first jump as a junior at Gulfport High School, that moment changing the trajectory of her life forever. “You know, it shaped my life to be a better mom and be a better daughter and a better sister. And just being from where I’m from and have the support of the community and being able to be a great role model to these kids. You know it’s always big to me to be able to give back. So being in a position to allow me to be a great role model.”
Saturday there will be a parade held in Reese’s honor at Milner Stadium in Gulfport. It is set to begin at 10 a.m.