President honors West Columbia resident

Posted 9/25/21

Sybil Jarrells received the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Biden for her volunteer service.  President Biden's letter stated, "On behalf of the American people, I extend my heartfelt …

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Sybil Jarrells received the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Biden for her volunteer service.  
President Biden's letter stated, "On behalf of the American people, I extend my heartfelt appreciation."
The West Columbia resident's volunteer activities include working with children in Romania, Uganda and Belize.  
With her husband Ralph Jarrells, she founded James 1:27, a non-profit and organized the first baseball program in the Central American country of Belize.  
Her volunteers has raised enough equipment and uniforms to outfit 39 teams.  
More than 400 children are now playing America's game.
Despite covid, she continues to gather donations for the children.
"Programs like Belize Baseball and Sybil League are the best form of foreign aid," she said.
"One person helping another is the basis of our program." 
Sybil and her husband were awarded the Presidential Gold Medal for volunteer service last year by President Donald Trump.  
Belize was the only Central American country with no organized baseball. 
A group of kids there played with 2 bats, 2 balls and 2 gloves.  
Dozens of individuals and businesses have donated equipment, including Vicki and Bill Shanahan of the Lexington County Blowfish baseball teams, the Lexington County Chronicle and The Fish Wrapper, the West Metro Rotary, Trey Love, former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tyler Stovall, Harvest Aviation and many others.  
"Without these wonderful people," she said, "we could not have done this for the children of Belize." 

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