The Discovery House Supports Taft Charter High School Baseball

As another illustration of its commitment to involvement in community affairs, The Discovery House’s management team has announced it will support Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills by sponsoring a banner for the school’s baseball team. Taft, which is chartered by the Los Angeles School District, boasts the highest number of open enrollment students in the entire state of California. It has an impressive sports history, particularly graduates who have made names for themselves on national and international baseball teams. Former Major League shortstop and centerfielder Robin Yount, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, is a Taft graduate.

His brother, Larry Yount, also a Taft graduate, is known in baseball trivia circles as the player with the shortest career in Major League history because he was injured during warm-ups and never participated in a play. Other Taft baseball notables include Pete LaCock, a Major League first baseman and outfielder; Gabe Kapler, current director of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Rick Auerbach, a former Major League shortstop.

In other sports achievements, Taft alumni include three Olympic medal winners; and the school’s football, basketball and volleyball teams have won city championships. The Discovery House is proud to support a school that encourages participation in sports because they require teamwork and communication. These are skills that will be important as high school students grow into adulthood and develop the tools necessary for success in higher education and in the workplace.

Community Involvement Discourages Use of Drugs And Alcohol

By modeling involvement in the community, The Discovery House emphasizes the viewpoint of CEO Tom Whiting, who believes that taking part in structured activities provides people with a sense of belonging, the making them less likely to turn to alcohol and drugs as a way to cope with life on life’s terms.

“We like to support activities that encourage young people to do their best and to work together,” Whiting said. “By supporting Taft’s baseball team with this banner sponsorship, we are sending a message of thanks to the school for helping students become good citizens in the future.”

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About the Reviewer: Chris Barnes

Chris BarnesChristopher Barnes has worked in health care for over thirty years. He is a graduate of Alabama State University where he earned a double Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and Psychology in 1982. Christopher Barnes is currently the Director of Clinical services at The Discovery House where he has been employed for the past five years. Because of his extensive experience in health care & substance abuse he has an excellent rapport with constituents, clients, and other professional organizations in the counseling/social service community.

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