May 22, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - Baylor baseball spent part of its day off on Wednesday afternoon helping with the relief effort as the Oklahoma City and Moore areas continue to recover from the Monday's devastating tornado damage.
After taking an early morning batting practice session, the team spent over two hours of the afternoon at the Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma (GICO) in Oklahoma City volunteering their services. Sorting through dozens and dozens of boxes of donated items, Baylor players helped separate them into boxes of women's, men's and kid's items, as well as shoes, bedding, towels and other categories. "Everybody is just heartbroken and still in a state of disbelief and shock over something that happened so suddenly and affected so many innocent people," Baylor Head Coach Steve Smith said. "We wanted to do something to help out and going to the Goodwill for a couple hours was the best suggestion we had from several leaders in the community. Our guys did a great job of wanting to help out and making a difference as everyone helps the Oklahoma City and Moore areas recover."
With over 30 players and staff from the team participating, Baylor was able to help GICO speed up its relief effort as the amount of donations continues to grow.
"It's really awesome for them to take this time and volunteer in the midst of having games to play and practice," said Ashleigh Curtis, GoodGuides Program Manager at GICO's Oklahoma City location. "They contacted us to come donate their free time, when they should be resting for their games. To come help us out means a lot. They're doing stuff that would take us a couple days to sort through and getting it done in a couple of hours."
Fifth-seeded Baylor begins pool play in the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Thursday at 9 a.m. CT against No. 4 Oklahoma. To close out play in Pool One, Baylor will face No. 1 Kansas State on Friday at 12:30 p.m. and No. 8 Texas Tech on Saturday at 9 a.m. The winner of Pool One will face the winner of Pool Two in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. All games will be televised by FCS and Sunday's championship game will be televised by FSN.