According to writer Patrick Kinas of DNA of Sports, to understand the Chinese word "bangqiu" is to understand Davidson Wildcats outfielder Forrest Brandt '14. "Bangqiu" translates to "baseball," and both China and baseball have been lifelong passions of Brandt's. He grew up hearing stories about China from his grandfather who emigrated from China to the United States in the 1940s. During his college search, Brandt found Davidson to be the only college that offered him the opportunity to both play Division I baseball and study Chinese.
Over the past four years Brandt has become a top Davidson baseball player and an All-America candidate, as well as traveled to China to coach at Chinese youth baseball academies. He plans to either play baseball in the United States or teach English and coach baseball in China after graduation. However, he's currently focused on the SoCon Tournament, in which the Wildcats are a close second behind conference-leading Western Carolina. They'll play for the title next week.
Read the DNA of Sports article.