Although their season hasn't officially started, the Northside Grizzlies baseball team has already picked up some victories off the field.

The Grizzlies have been involved in several charitable activities recently. During January, they were responsible for filling up the Red Pantry at Creekmore Park, which helps provide meals to area residents in need.

Earlier this month, they visited Morrison Elementary to speak with the students and to help launch the school kindness tree, with February being Random Acts of Kindness month.

Northside coach Brian Fry said the team has been more than happy to help out.

"It makes them feel good," Fry said. "Just any little thing you can do to put a smile on somebody's face or maybe change the way that person feels that day, so it's just created a positive energy just around everybody.

"You hear so much negative going on around the world today, so we want them to focus on the positive. That's been one thing we've been able to do by our acts of kindness is just focusing on the good."

The players said they get satisfaction from their work in the community.

"It's been pretty rewarding, because it's all about being kind to others and helping people in the community. ... At the end of the day, it's just taking it back to the community and help each other," senior catcher Kramer Schwartz said. "That's the importance I get out of it."

Doing charity work isn't something new to Fry, the Grizzlies' longtime coach.

"I know my first or second year at Northside, we fed the homeless. ... It can be any organization where any small act of kindness that we can participate in," he said.

When the Grizzlies filled the Creekmore Red Pantry, it was actually the continuation of what Northside's football team had done.

"I believe the football team did it last year and then it was our first year to do it," Fry said. "It's a tradition that we would like to carry."

It also helped that the pantry was located across the street from the Grizzlies' home field, Hunts Park. The team was able to fill it up before they took the field for practice or after they were done with practice.

"It's always been nice to give back to the community, like the Red (Pantry) boxes, something that a lot of us were interested in because it's right across the street from where we play, and we can actually see it from the outfield," senior outfielder Dyllan Newell said. "But filling that up to help the homeless, it's something that I felt pride in doing for the community."

Even though January has passed, the players remain committed to filling the pantry in the future.

"I think we're going to keep on doing the food pantry because it's been really successful, because every time I've driven by, it's been empty," senior pitcher Mark Shaver said. "I'll go down there and fill it up and as soon as we're leaving, there will be people getting food from it, so I think we need to keep on doing that."

The constant devotion to filling up the Creekmore Red Pantry from the Grizzlies attracted the attention of Morrison Elementary.

"What they have put together is a kindness tree, kind of their theme for the year," Fry said. "So we took our senior baseball players to their assembly and talked to the kids about acts of kindness, and what it means to show acts of kindness and how it makes a person feel and how you could touch other people by small acts of kindness.

"It really hit home when we went to the elementary, just to see elementary kids being kind to one another."

The players said they were just as impressed with the students when they came to speak at the school.

"It was interesting going to an elementary school for the first time since I was in elementary, so it was nice to see the kids at Morrison and how well-behaved they were while we were there and listening very attentively," Newell said. "It's nice to see we're setting an example for them in the future and they can continue with their good deed program that they started there."

Fry added the team's visit to Morrison personally hit home for him.

"I have a son that started elementary school this year and one of the first things I ask him when he gets home, we don't talk about math or science, we talk about did you make a new friend today," Fry said.

"(The players) got to see elementary kids participate in kindness, and when you're looking at the tree and everything they've done, I think it was just eye-opening because I know bullying is an issue in school and that's why I just think what they're doing is so important."

With the start of baseball season on the horizon, the Grizzlies won't be spending as much time doing things off the field for others.

However, Fry doesn't want to see what the team has done in the community end anytime soon.

"We don't have anything (charity work) planned right now being that this is close to the season, but when the season starts to wind down and these seniors graduate, we're hoping that the parents and the players coming behind us can come together privately and put something together and just kind of make it a tradition," Fry said. "We want to do something like that every year; we would like to see every kid in the program be part of something like that."

The players also want to keep doing good deeds for others, even in the midst of baseball season.

"Even when the season starts, we're still going to do it because it's still important as a community to work together and to grow," Schwartz said.

"There are always people who are not in the best place, and they're always going to need help. So why just worry about yourself when you can worry about everybody else, that's the important thing."