Hearing impaired player bonds with students

By Justin Felder - bio | email

Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina third baseman Scott Woodward has a simple message for young students he speaks to.

"Just work hard for everything you have," Woodward said.

The talented Junior spent Monday morning with students at Ocean Bay Elementary School.  He brought toys, hugs and read them a book about summer.

"I feel like I've done my part of the job in accomplishing what I came here for, and that's to become a better role model," Woodward said.

Woodward is a good role model for this group of kids because he is hearing impaired, and the group of kids are part of the deaf and hard of hearing program at their school.

Woodward immediately bonded with the kids, who are from different grades and classes at the school.  But they rarely talk about the challenge that brings them together.

"Being here I can relate to them," Woodward said.  "We don't really talk about the hearing impairment."

Even though it doesn't come up much, seeing Woodward succeed on the baseball field is meaningful to them.

"When he comes in, it gives them inspiration and it gives them hope," said Horry County hearing specialist Karen Howard-Goss.  "They say, 'I have a hearing loss, he has a hearing loss...look what he's doing, I can do that, too.'"

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