The 2015-2016 Vanguard University’s Men’s Baseball team is going on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, first thing next semester.
January 1, 2016, the VU baseball team will depart from Orange County and then land in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on a mission to spread the love and knowledge of the Lord, and the game of baseball.
This will be the first baseball missions trip for the VU Baeball team, led by 4th year returning coach, Rob Pegg. The hope is that all the men on the team will be able to go and serve on this week-long missions trip in Latin America.
According to sophomore Tyler Steele, the team will be helping the homeless, feeding the hungry, building shelters, playing with children, and will also be playing and teaching the game of baseball as well.
The players have been, and are still currently, selling Vanguard Lions t-shirts for $20 dollars to fund this trip. All of the profits made from the t-shirt sales will go directly to sending the boys overseas.
The players are also doing personal fundraising. Sophomore Tanner Bellamy stated, “We sent out letters and emails to friends, family, and even professors to try to raise money. As a team we have also helped out at churches by running various booths at fair events, as well as setting up all of the chairs in Newport Mesa Church. We are working together to do all we can to make this trip happen.”
Senior Ryan Hienle expressed, he is most looking forward to this trip because it is giving him an opportunity to share the word of God in a foreign country and playing baseball with children. Hienle considers the trip to be a very unique opportunity.
The team is very excited for their missions trip, as seen by their dedication to selling t-shirts outside the cafeteria and at other various athletic events.
If you are interested in supporting the VU men’s baseball team, you can donate or purchase a Lion t-shirt from Coach Pegg, Monday through Friday in the athletics office in The Pit.