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Community Hero dedicates years of volunteering at NAIA World Series

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The 2018 NAIA World Series is now over but we’d like to take a close-up look at a group of people who are vital to the success at Harris Field.

It’s easy to spot the volunteers at the NAIA World Series because their shirts simply say ‘volunteer’. Without their help the world series wouldn’t be possible. All the volunteers I spoke with told me there’s one woman in particular who stands out.

"We have the greatest group of volunteers in this valley. We couldn't have this World Series without them,” said Kay Williams, Community Hero.

Kay Williams is just one of hundreds of volunteers who work behind the scenes at the NAIA World Series.

They help teams…work the concession stands…and make sure fans have the info they need.

"We all have a great time, and good baseball,” she said. “We see the best NAIA baseball here."

Kay began helping out when a friend brought her along almost three decades ago. Each year is a new experience.

"I love seeing all the new people come and getting to relate to the baseball players and visiting with people from all over the United States,” said Kay.

Kay arrives around six o clock in the morning to clean the press box. Then she works the rest of the day making sure everyone has a wonderful experience. Kay not only loves Warrior baseball, she’s possibly LC’s biggest fan.

“I also go to all the volleyball games, all the men's and women's basketball games, baseball games,” she said. “I love the kids here at the college."

She says they all call her grandma. It’s a special relationship only she has with the students.

"I figure when they come into this school, they're my kids, so I take care of them."

But earlier this year, LC’s grandma suffered through medical issues. She had two battles with pneumonia in the winter, along with a heart attack she didn’t even know had happened.

"I was shocked. I said you're kidding, when did this happen. She said you didn't know that, and I said no I did not."

She’s recovered now, and at 76 years long, she’s still going strong.

"I'm just not the type of person that can sit and do nothing,” said Kay. “I have to be busy all the time."

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