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Gornall Named AFL Pulse Player of the Week

06/29/2014 2:00 PM -

Iowa's Gornall Named AFL's Pulse Player of the Week

CHICAGO - Iowa Barnstormers kicker Ross Gornall has been named the AFL Pulse Player of the Week for his recent philanthropic efforts.

Gornall (6-0, 200, Florida Atlantic), who is in his second season in the AFL, recently participated in a Miracle League baseball event.The Miracle League provides children and adults with special needs an opportunity to play baseball, thanks to a special baseball complex designed with their needs in mind.

“It was really cool because each kid gets an at bat and gets to score a run every inning,” Gornall said. “Every kid is paired up with a buddy, so we had the chance to hang out with our buddies and play some baseball and it was a blast.”

Gornall has also assisted with several football camps for young athletes.

“We’ve worked a handful of camps at various elementary schools for kids who are interested in football and showed them some basic drills and technique,” Gornall said. “Eventually I would like to get into coaching, so it’s great to get to go out there and help the kids when I can.”

Gornall does as many community events as he can and says he has a duty as a professional athlete to be a role model to local youth.

“Kids see us on the field and they want to be like us,” Gornall said. “When you’re in the spotlight, they really soak up everything that you have to say, so it’s important to show them that you want to get out there and help others.”

The AFL Pulse Player of the Week is awarded in recognition of commitment to community service. The AFL Pulse Al Lucas Hero of the Year will be awarded to one player at the end of the 2014 season.



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