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Sounds mascot empowers kids at camp

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Booster and Jaden Smith
Brayden Bass and Booster
Counselor Elizabeth Burkett with Camper Brayden Bass and Booster

Nashville Sounds mascot Booster recently made the short flight to Lebanon to visit with children at Empower Me's Summer Day Camp, joining in circle time and enjoying the hokey pokey, cha-cha slide, bear hunt and songs.

"The children absolutely loved Booster dancing and interacting with them," Empower Me Executive Director Michelle Hill said. "We hope to get the Nashville Sounds baseball team more involved with our organization as we are raising funds for the Miracle Baseball Field."

The Miracle Field is a specialized turf that allows individuals with different mobility needs to be able to move safely from infield to outfield. Empower Me Center will be home to the Miracle League of Lebanon.

"We raised over $20,000 from Jere's Ride again this year to go toward the cost of the Miracle Field," Hill noted.

Jere's Ride was the kick-off for Empower Me Center's Day of Dreams on June 4. The event was created three years ago to honor and remember the many contributions of local attorney Jere McCulloch, who passed away in August 2013. Jere's grandson, Brayden, is a participant at this year's camp.

"Brayden has been such a delight to have at camp," Hill said. "He is bright, funny, courageous, caring and articulate. He makes everyone smile. We are blessed to have him be a part of our organization."

After a full day of fun, Brayden added, "I can't wait till the Empower Me Center is built."

To learn more about Empower Me Center and how to get involved with the organization, visit

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