SPECIAL FEATURE: On Friday, Sept. 26, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Saints baseball team members traded their ball caps for hair nets to participate in a special event. Head Coach Freddy Rodriguez cancelled his team's intrasquad game, so the team would able to volunteer in the community.
The Saints volunteered at the University United Methodist Church for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). FMSC is a non-profit Christian organization that aids in feeding malnourished children throughout 70 countries. Its main objective is to eliminate starvation throughout the world and to enlighten those who may be able to lend aid.
FMSC came to San Antonio with one goal in mind: pack four million meals. With a little help from the Saints this goal became a reality. Volunteers were able to pack 4,035,575 meals, with 1,512 of those meals coming from the Saints. According to officials the amount of meals packed by the Saints that day was a record.
"I try and find projects that we can participate in as a team to represent OLLU and the baseball program," Rodriguez said. "I think it's very important for my players to give back to the community and help other who are less fortunate than us."
The Saints plan on participating in this volunteer opportunity again because it was a great eye opening experience. "It's a great feeling knowing that you're helping kids that don't get meals every day," Emilio Martinez (FR/Edinburg, Texas) said.
Saints athletics prides their various sports teams for being members of the NAIA Champions of Character program and participating in events which are geared toward the core values of the program. "It was a good experience and it shows that we are giving back to the community," David Marte (JR/Boston, Mass.) said.
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