Oklahoma Baseball: 19 Ways (2016-17)

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

University of Oklahoma head baseball coach Pete Hughes brought to Norman a community service program which he developed as the coach at Virginia Tech called "19 Ways". The program is named in honor of his late mother, Alice, whose favorite number was 19. Each year, the goal of the Sooner baseball program will be to make an impact on the Norman community in 19 different ways.

For student-athletes and staff at Oklahoma, there is a tremendous platform to give back to the community that gives great support throughout the course of the year.

"At the University of Oklahoma, our baseball players will be privileged, not entitled," said Hughes. "We will have a positive impact on someone or some organization on 19 different occasions, and what a tribute it is to the charitable, selfless life that my mother lived to now have her name embedded in two programs."

At the start of the 2016 season, there were seven other collegiate baseball and softball programs across the country hosting a 19 Ways initiative. Northeastern baseball became the latest program to get behind the program; joining Notre Dame, Northern Illinois, Virginia Tech, Southern New Hampshire, Tufts softball and Delaware softball.

Coach Hughes encourages members of the community to send suggestions on how the Sooner baseball program can help individuals or organizations in our area. They can be sent to Megan Rowe (meganrowe@ou.edu).

Past Seasons: 2013-14 | 2014-15 | 2015-16

2016-17 OU Baseball 19 Ways: Photo Gallery

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Rivermont The Sooners kicked off their fourth 19 Ways campaign on September 1 at the Rivermont Retirement Home. A favorite among players, the Sooners took part in BINGO Night with the residents.

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OU Children's Hospital Ben Hollas, Thomas Hughes, Renae Martinez and Austin O'Brien visited the OU Children's Hospital to hang out and spend time with the kids.

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 Mission Norman Several Sooner players and assistant coaches Mike Anderson and Skip Johnson went to Mission Norman to help out on September 21. Mission Norman serves as a church, food pantry and assistance center to the area's homeless.

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 Second Chance  A handful of Sooners and volunteer assistant Roberto Gallegos spent time volunteering at the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Norman on September 30.

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 JD McCarty Center A large group of Sooners went out to spend the morning hanging out and playing outdoor games with kids at the JC McCarty Center for Children with Development Disabilities on October 19.

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 Lakeview Elementary Oklahoma pitchers volunteered at the Lakeview Elementary Fall Carnival on October 21.

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 Strikeout ALS On October 28, the Sooners hosted their fourth annual ALS Awareness Halloween Game; a fundraiser to support the ALS Foundation. Several hundred people in the community came out to support the event at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

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 Veteran's Corner Oklahoma dedicated its fall world series (October 26-29) to Veteran's Corner; an OKC group that serves as an advocate for veterans returning home from active duty to receive full benefits.

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 OK Kids Korral The Sooners went up to OKC on November 30 to participate in the holiday cookie decorating part at the OK Kids Korral; a haven for the entire family as a child with cancer receives treatment.

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 Cavett Kids OU players spent the afternoon of December 7 visiting with kids in the pediatric clinics at the OU Children's Hospital with the Cavett Kids Foundation, which promotes character, coping kills and connection to children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses.

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 Salvation Army The team participated in the Salvation Army angel tree drive by purchasing and donating Christmas gifts for children in need.

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 Read Across America The Sooners went to Wilson Elementary to take part in Read Across America week on February 27.

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 Go Mitch Go Oklahoma continued its tradition of hosting Go Mitch Go Night at L. Dale Mitchell Park in honor of late friend Mitchell Whitaker and to support the Go Mitch Go Foundation. The Sooners won the game on March 31 over No. 2 Texas Tech, 6-2.

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 T.A.P.S. The Sooners hosted five families of military veterans on Military Appreciation Weekend at the ballpark on April 22. OU connected with the familes through T.A.P.S.; an organization caring for the families of America's fallen heroes.

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 Special Spectators On April 23, OU players hungout with three special fans from Special Spectators: a group that grants VIP all access gameday experience for seriously ill kids.

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