Diamondback Shortstop And Pro Angler To Speak At ‘Shoot For The Heart’


Don’t forget to mark 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4 on your calendar as the time and day you’ll want to be at Mountain Bible Church for what promises to be a rewarding and informative Shoot for the Heart seminar.

Set to guest speak at the seminar are Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Stephen Drew and professional bass tournament fisherman Glenn Chappelear.

Since Shoot for the Heart has a goal of helping families who love the outdoors build relationships with others who share the same interests, both Drew and Chappelear are ideal guests.

Drew, the younger brother of Boston Red Sox outfield J.D. Drew and former major leaguer Tim Drew, starred in baseball at Florida State University before signing a professional contract.

After starting out in Class A ball in 2006 with the Lancaster JetHawks, Drew advanced to Double-A and Triple-A leagues.

He made his major league debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 15, 2006, replacing Craig Counsel, who injured his ribs.

Drew, who has movie-star good looks and a down-home personality, eventually became the Diamondbacks’ starting shortstop and appeared to be on his way to stardom before fracturing his ankle while sliding into home plate on July 20, 2011.

He finished the season with a .252 batting average, five home runs and 45 RBIs, but is expected to return next season to his form of old.

Chappelear, a native of Georgia, is a professional angler on both the FLW Tour and FLW series.

He competes in about 11 professional tournaments each year and is an acquaintance of Payson pro angler Clifford Pirch.

Chappelear is also the founder of Sportsmen’s Outreach — an organization that has a goal to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Chappelear makes guest appearances at worship services, rallies, conferences, wild game banquets, camps, retreats and revivals.

At schools, he is a motivational speaker who promotes positive values to students.

When not competing on the tournament circuit or speaking, he is a volunteer with the Georgia Baptist Convention and a senior chaplain on the Cobb County Police Department.

At Shoot for the Heart, both guests are expected to speak on their chosen professions, baseball and professional fishing, and about their Christian faith.

The upcoming Shoot for the Heart will also feature a pair of well-known outdoor cooks, Bob DePugh and Rob Myers, who will be preparing and serving, free of charge, their famous wild game chili.

DePugh first served up his scrumptious delights at a Shoot for the Heart event held in November 2010.

The meal was an overwhelming success, prompting Shoot for the Heart founder Dennis Pirch to ask DePugh to make a return visit, this time accompanied by Myers.

For more information on Shoot for the Heart, call (928) 472-7800.


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