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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