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."
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 Ryan Connolly via e-mail at email@example.com.
2013-14 OU Baseball 19 Ways: Photo Gallery
||Members of the OU baseball team, including Craig Aikin, Colt Bickerstaff and Tyler Coolbaugh, visited with and read to children at the Moore Crossroad Children's Center.|
||The Sooners spent the day at the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County with over 300 youths and their families. The student-athletes participated in games, face-painting and talking with members of the club.|
|#3||Sooner baseball players took part in the Truman Stars Jog-A-Thon at Truman Elementary.|
|#4||OU players visited with children at the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center and will continue to do so throughout the year.|
|#5||Coach Hughes, his children and players spent an evening playing BINGO and socializing at the Rivermont Retirement Home in Norman.|
|#6||Sooners baseball players, including Anthony Hermelyn and Octavio Rodriguez, went to Lakeview Elementary on a Friday morning to help put on a Sooner Jr. F.A.N.S. assembly about the importance of nutrition, exercise, academics and sportsmanship.|
|#7||Oklahoma hosted its first annual ALS Awareness Halloween Game to "Strikeout ALS" and benefit the Pete Frates #3 Fund.|
|#8||OU players spread awareness for Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November by selling "Conquer" bracelets prior to the Oklahoma vs. Iowa State football game to support the Michael E. Connolly Endowment for Lung Cancer Research.|
|#9||Sooner student-athletes volunteered with Meals on Wheels by helping unload holiday poinsettias for delivery to families through Cleveland County.|
|#10||For the Christmas holiday, OU baseball adopted three young Angels from the Norman Women's Resource Center.|
|#11||OU players danced, hit up the photobooth and laughed at a Prom for OU Children's Hospital patients on the night of January 25.|
|#12||On a series of Monday afternoons in February and March, the Sooners went to the Boys and Girls Club if Oklahoma City to put on clinics and practice for the upstart baseball program.|
|#13||April 3 marked the end of a one month campaign to raise money in an effort to fight childhood cancer. The Sooners shaved their heads in support of children with cancer and raised money for the Vs. Cancer Foundation and OU Children' Hospital. The team totaled $29,173 in donations.|
|#14||The OU baseball team hosted former NBA player Chris Herren to speak on behalf of Project Purple, an organization started by Chris to bring awareness of the danders of addiction. The entire baseball team and members from the football and softball teams were also in attendance for the presentation.|
|#15||N7 Day sponsored by Nike – The Sooner Baseball Team participated in a day of sports and activities with young Native Americans from around the state.|
|#16||The Sooner Baseball team adopted an honorary Sooner in Gage Novosad, a young boy from Yukon, Okla. who is bravely battling Leukemia! For more information on Gage’s fight visit: https://www.facebook.com/HopeForGage|
|#17||Sooner Jr. Day at Washington Elementary to promote Bravery and Courage as students prepared to take their standardized tests.|
|#18||Oklahoma City Food Bank Volunteering: Sooner Baseball players volunteered their time to sort and pack donated food for needy children across the state of Oklahoma.|
|#19||Special Spectators Day: April 5th vs. Cal State Bakersfield, the Sooners welcomed 3 special fans from the OU Children’s Hospital to be a part of the action. They received VIP treatment, autographs and even got to take Batting Practice with the team!|