FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2008
Baseball participates in Trinity Rescue Mission
Front to Back: Jonathan Murphy, Matt Loosen, Kevin Lehane and Thomas Myers clean dishes after preparing and serving food to the homeless.
Front to Back: Jonathan Murphy, Matt Loosen, Kevin Lehane and Thomas Myers clean dishes after preparing and serving food to the homeless.
The JU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has established a reputation as a strong supporter of the local community and this year is no different as all 35 members of the JU baseball team served as volunteers for the Trinity Rescue Mission on Oct. 23.

Located in downtown Jacksonville, Trinity Rescue Mission works to take the homeless from the street and restore them into active, self-sufficient roles in the community. The team split up into two groups and was responsible for dishing out meals onto plates, delivering the meals to residents and cleaning up the kitchen. At 4:30 p.m. the first group served the women of Trinity Rescue Mission and a second group served the men at 6:30 p.m.

“Preparing and serving at the Trinity Rescue Mission was something that the coaches and players were glad to do,” said sophomore catcher and SAAC representative Alex Swenson. “These opportunities to give back to the community help put in perspective how blessed we really are and not to take anything for granted.”

Earlier this year, the team also participated in Daniel Memorial’s Rock N’ Ride helping with parking, registration, serving lunch and the event raffle. Originally launched in 2002 as the Bike to School Motorcycle Ride, this annual Daniel fundraiser has become one of the most anticipated events of Northeast Florida motorcycle enthusiasts.

“The purpose of this is to positively impact the community in which we live,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “It serves as a great reminder to our student-athletes that they are incredibly blessed to not only have shelter over there heads and food on their tables each night, but also to have the opportunity to attend college and play baseball at the highest level of collegiate athletics. We believe it is vital to the players’ development as young men to realize there is more to life and baseball then just what takes place on the field.”