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DBU Baseball Volunteers at Special Olympics
May 30, 2012 | by Kalie Lowrie
Dallas, TX – In the midst of waiting to know whether they would again be selected for the NCAA Regional Tournament, the Dallas Baptist University Patriot baseball team spent Friday, May 24, volunteering at the Special Olympics Summer Games at The University of Texas at Arlington. Taking the focus off of themselves during a time of great anticipation to pour into these special athletes was a great way for the 30 baseball players to give back to the community and maintain perspective on the important things in life.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to experience true joy with athletes with big hearts!” said senior Landon Anderson. “The athletes are truly inspiring!”
Austin Knight (left), volunteer assistant baseball coach, and Carlton Patton, DBU junior, help athletes with basketball activities at the Special Olympics.
The DBU players divided into groups to help with a variety of activities across campus. Several team members assisted with tennis competitions while others kept score during basketball games. But one of their most significant tasks of the day was cheering on the special Olympians and being there to offer a congratulatory smile or high-five as they completed various events.
Freshman Jay Calhoun volunteered with the Special Olympics for the first time this year. “It made me realize how much I take playing baseball for granted,” he said. “Those kids loved the opportunity to get out there and do their best at whatever sport they were participating in. That is how it should be every day no matter what we are doing, just enjoying the opportunities and blessings God has given us.”
Serving at the Special Olympics for the past several years has become a highlight for the Patriot players. During their time at DBU, the student-athletes learn not only how to play the game, but also how to serve others.
Senior Taylor Massey expressed, “I thank God every day for giving me the ability to play the game of baseball that I love so much, and the Special Olympics is His way of allowing these special athletes to compete in all the sports and activities they love to play.”
The Monday following the Special Olympics brought the announcement that the DBU Patriots would face off against the UTA Mavericks in the Waco regionals on Friday, June 1, at Baylor University. However, even though they will be competitors on the field, both schools set that aside and found a common goal of helping other athletes succeed.