SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 26, 2016) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) baseball team spent two days at the University United Methodist Church to help pack meals and set up for the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) event.
The Saints volunteered their time packing meals that aid in feeding malnourished children throughout the world. Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit Christian organization committed to feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit. Each hand-packed meal is specifically formulated for malnourished children and shipped around the world. Its main objective is to eliminate starvation and to enlighten those who may be able to lend aid. In their history, the FMSC meals have reached nearly 70 countries throughout the world.
Head Baseball Coach Freddy Rodriguez said, "To know that we are making a difference and helping in a worldwide initiative is something that I truly support and believe in. The impact that we have in providing malnourished children these meals around the world is something these guys should be proud of and I know they enjoyed this experience."
FMSC came to San Antonio with one goal in mind: pack four million meals in four days. With a little help from the Saints baseball team, this goal became a reality. This is the second time in the baseball team's three-year history that the men were volunteers for this event.
"We were late signing up last year as this event fills up very quickly with lots of different organizations and groups fighting for time slots in the four days they are in San Antonio. I was going to make sure that we didn't miss out on this year's event and signed up early making sure all of our players were involved in some capacity over a two-day period." Rodriguez added.
The Saints will begin their season in the spring, but they will have their annual Halloween game on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. Members of the team dress up in costume and play the nine-inning game in character. The Saints also will play their annual Blue/Black World Series. The five-game series is from Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 4. All games will start at 4 p.m. at the Saints' home field -- Missions Baseball Academy. Their first 2017 doubleheader is scheduled for Jan. 27 at home against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.