The Athletics Department adopted 2 families in need for their annual Adopt-a-Family community outreach event. Student-athletes and coaches representing all BU sports teams helped contribute to the cause. Lynsey Payne, head dance coach took 10 student-athletes to purchase items for the adopted families on December 5th.
Several student-athletes walked in the Baldwin City Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday, December 8th. The Baker University staff was able to contribute $350 to a fundraiser for the Baldwin City Emergency Fund. In addition to the fundraising, some Baker University staff members entered a float into the parade. Student athletes walked along the float and passed out items to those who lined the streets. The float design won 2nd place and the $50 cash award will be used to purchase food items for the Baldwin City Food Pantry.
On December 3rd, the softball team, along with coach Matt Windle, took some time off from their pre-season practices and helped out at the Douglas County Special Populations Group Christmas Party in Lawrence, Kan.
While at the National Soccer Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala., the women's soccer team made a visit to a Orange Beach Elementary School. While there, the team taught the kids different soccer skills and the importance of warm ups and stretching before practice and games.
Jordan Dolbin was named a 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Women's Soccer Scholar Athlete and also earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-American Second Team for her efforts on and off the field.
Members of the men and women's cross country teams recently headed to Hollywood, Florida for a half marathon competition. While there, they volunteered at the Feeding South Florida food facility in the Miami metro area. With the help of head coach Zach Kindler and graduate assistant coach Ian Hankins, the teams assisted in the warehouse of the facility and packed lunches for elementary schools in the local area.
During their time at the national meet in Oregon, members of the cross-country teams took time to volunteer as part of the NAIA Champions of Character outreach program. They met with local junior high school students at the Nike headquarters, and taught the students the five core characteristics of the NAIA.
The Baker University men's and women's cross country teams combined for eight 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards. Four members of the women's team and four members of the men's team took home the award. Winners include seniors Dana Loveland, Lindsey Brown, Aaron Caldwell, Chris Duderstadt, Taylor Nall, and juniors Jenna Stanbrough, Megan Rosa, and Cooper Clark.
The women's basketball team participated in the Baldwin City Festival of Lights Parade. Members of the team walked alongside the float and passed out items to those in attendance.
Head Volleyball Coach, Kathy Allen, will have a unique opportunity to teach in Harlaxton, England during the 2013 spring semester. Allen will go as part of the Baker University Study Abroad program.
Josh Vossen and Matt Fry traveled to Harlaxton, England during the fall semester. Head coach Phil Hannon is looking forward to welcoming these two players back and hearing about their experience abroad while they prepare for the upcoming baseball season.
Baker University senior offensive lineman Aaron Rieschick earned a spot on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Football team, which was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Five members of the men's soccer team were named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The list includes seniors Josh Rydberg, Laeth Hamil, Nick Aguilar, Richard Klein, and junior Cameron Zimmerman.