NORMAN, Okla. -- The 2006 University of Oklahoma baseball team gave back to the community on Monday, Oct. 3 at the Willow Spring Boys Ranch in Chandler, Okla.
OU arrived at the facility in the early afternoon and then the team divided into groups and helped clean up the area by mowing, weed eating and trimming trees, among other duties.
"It was a very beneficial day for our team to spend most of the afternoon and the evening at the Willow Springs Boys Ranch, doing community service and participating in team-building exercises," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "Today was a great opportunity for this team to give back to the community and state that supports them. As a team, we understand how important it is to help out those that are less fortunate."
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Willow Springs Boys Ranch is a long-term residential childcare facility that accepts applications from boys between the ages 7 to 12 years old. Boys are able to live on the ranch until they graduate from high school, obtain their G.E.D. or participate in an independent living program after graduation. It is the program's goal to provide an environment where boys can become successful and develop into productive adults.
During the clean-up process, the players and coaches were able to interact with some of the kids and shine some light on their day.
"Our players and the children really enjoyed themselves today," added Golloway. "When you help out those that are less fortunate, it really brings things into perspective about how lucky you are with the opportunities that are given to you, especially as a student-athlete at the University of Oklahoma."
After the mowing and trimming was completed, the Sooners shared dinner, campfire style, with the boys at the ranch. After dinner, Coach Golloway announced the 2006 team captains to the group and then the team participated in the ropes course at the facility.
"Today was a great overall experience. We were able to spend time with the children, give back to the community and also work on some team-building exercises," said Golloway. "We are very thankful to the staff at Willow Springs for allowing us to participate in the activities available at the facility."
Click here for more information on the Willow Springs Boys Ranch.