December 5, 2012

Saint Leo Baseball Impact is Strong in Local Community

SAINT LEO, Fla. - The Saint Leo University baseball team finished the fall strong both on the field and in the local community.  Each year the Lions run a canned food drive in association with its fall high school 'Turkey Tournaments.'  This fall the team was able to collect 990 canned food items which were donated to Catholic Charities of Dade City.  Attendees of the high school tournaments could bring five non-perishable items in exchange for free admission to the day's games. 

"We are always grateful for baseball's ability to contribute towards our goal of 5000 items" said SAAC advisor and women's golf coach Erika Brennan. 

Providing food for local families was not the only way the Lions' Baseball contributed in the community.  The team, in conjunction with the annual blood bowl, was able to provide a record-setting 64 pints of blood for use in helping save lives. 

The annual "Blood Bowl" is a three-game series in which the team is broken into two equal squads.  The losing team in the series is required to donate blood, a service which has turned into a team, and community-wide event.  This year it was not only the losing team donating blood as members from both squads helped shatter the original goal of 40 pints.  

"I cannot express the appreciation I have for the Saint Leo University faculty, staff, and student body in teaming up to help us reach our goal" said baseball coach Lee Parks. 

"The support from the Saint Leo Community was outstanding" said team captains Frank Rawdow and Daniel Torres.

The Lions will turn their attention from community service to on-field competition as their 2013 season gets underway when Saint Leo faces Montevallo (Ala.) on February 1.