The Maroon

Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip

Jordan+Platt%2C+marketing+junior%2C+spends+time+with+a+Belizean+boy.+The+baseball+team+takes+this+trip+each+winter+break+to+not+only+serve+the+community%2C+but+also+to+teach+baseball.+
Jordan Platt, marketing junior, spends time with a Belizean boy. The baseball team takes this trip each winter break to not only serve the community, but also to teach baseball.

Jordan Platt, marketing junior, spends time with a Belizean boy. The baseball team takes this trip each winter break to not only serve the community, but also to teach baseball.

Austin Hummel

Austin Hummel

Jordan Platt, marketing junior, spends time with a Belizean boy. The baseball team takes this trip each winter break to not only serve the community, but also to teach baseball.

Sidney Holmes

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Of all the ways students can spend winter break, several members of the Loyola baseball team chose to spend their holidays volunteering in Belize.

Seven members of the baseball team embarked on a nine-day trip to Belize to hold a baseball camp for Mayan children. The players served in the small, Mayan village of San Jose from Dec. 27 to Jan. 5.

The villagers of San Jose live without any electricity or running water. While the players were there, they stayed in a community center and slept on mats on the floor.

Doug Faust, head baseball coach, said that not only was the trip an opportunity for the team to teach others, but also a chance for them to learn.

“The trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only see and spend time in a Mayan village, it allows them to truly make a difference in the lives of the children they work with,” Faust said.

The team spent four days at the Christmas camp. Each player taught their own class about English, math and arts and crafts in the mornings.  The afternoons were spent in the field where the players got to teach the children about baseball.

“The reason the players teach baseball is because baseball is not a very popular sport in Southern Belize. They are trying to introduce it to them,” Faust said.

The other two days of the trip were spent exploring the natural wonders of Belize. The team traveled to an island off the coast of Belize called Caye Caulker.

Carmelo LoSauro, English writing senior, said that he had a great time on the trip.

“Simply put, it was an honor and a blessing to have gone on this unique trip,” LoSauro said.

The Rev. Ted Dziak and the Ignacio Volunteers sponsor the annual trip.

While this trip may seem as if they sacrificed their winter break, LoSauro said that the team did not feel this way.

“I did not even think about the fact that I was giving up my Christmas break to partake in this service trip, because it did not feel like I was giving up anything. I grew closer to my fellow teammates, built new friendships with several members in the San Jose community and felt so welcomed and appreciated by the people in the village,” LoSauro said.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About the Writer
Sidney Holmes, Editor in Chief

Sidney is a mass communication senior with a focus in journalism. Before she took the position of Editor in Chief, she served as Assistant Producer of...

1 Comment

One Response to “Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip”

  1. Jacobs on January 16th, 2015 12:46 pm

    This an awesome and well written story.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip

    News

    Former Loyola president and professor named in clergy sex abuse list

  • Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip

    City

    Archdiocese of New Orleans releases clergy report regarding sex abuse

  • Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip

    Administration

    Waldrop takes final vows at Mass of the Holy Spirit

  • Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip

    Christianity

    Mass of Healing addresses abuse in the Church

  • Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip

    Finance

    Loyola still deciding Benson Center’s future

  • Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip

    News

    Westboro Baptist Church to protest at Loyola

  • Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip

    Islam

    Students look forward to prayer and peace

  • Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip

    Religion

    Loyola launches summer high school theology program

  • Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip

    Music

    Touro’s Jazz Fest Shabbat combines music, spirituality of the Big Easy

  • Administration

    Dziak prepares to return to Mission and Ministry

Navigate Right
Since 1923 • For a greater Loyola
Baseball team serves and scores during Belize service trip