Baker Spirit Squad Kids Clinic
Over Christmas break the cheer and dance teams held their 6th annual Baker Spirit Squad Kids Clinic. The clinic consisted of a two hour morning cheer and dance session where the Baker cheerleaders and dance team taught the kids different dances and cheers. Later that night the kids performed what they had learned at halftime of the women's basketball game against Evangel. The kids also received pom-poms, a t-shirt, autographed poster, and silly bandz.
Men and Women's Basketball Support Injured Comrade
In honor of Dain Dillingham, Baker alum and former men's basketball player who suffered a severe spinal injury, both the men's and women's basketball teams wore "Team Dain" shirts to raise awareness for their injured comrade. "Team Dain" t-shirts were also sold at the game and all proceeds from ticket and t-shirt sales were donated to help Dain as he continues to fight and recover from his injury. We wish Dain a speedy and complete recovery!
Coach Hannon Accepts New Role with Baker University
Recently Baker University athletic director, Theresa Yetmar, announced that long-time baseball coach and Class of 2012 Baker Hall of Fame member, Phil Hannon, will resign form coaching at the end of the 2014 season and has accepted a new role as the Assistant Director of Development effective July 1, 2014. Coach Hannon will be greatly missed for his contributions to Baker Athletics, but he's excited to, "help as many students as I can find success here (at Baker University), which means raising funds for every facet of the undergraduate experience – from academic developments to athletic facilities to, most importantly, student scholarships." We wish the best of luck to coach Hannon as he starts a new chapter in his career here at Baker University!
Soccer Helps Develop Youth Soccer in Local Communities
Following the success of soccer's fall season, the Baker soccer program became deeply entrenched in the community by volunteering with various youth organizations around the area. 5 student-athletes from the men's and women's soccer teams volunteered to help teach disabled youth soccer in preparation for the Special Olympic Soccer Tournament held in Olathe, Kansas. Baker soccer was also involved in officiating in youth leagues located in Overland Park and Gardner, Kansas.
Softball Spreads Christmas Cheer
The Baker University softball team attended the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Adult Special Populations Christmas Party during this past holiday season. In efforts to share a little Christmas cheer, the softball team helped decorate and setup for the party while serving dinner and eating with the participants. They also had the opportunity to play bingo, dance to holiday tunes, and take pictures with Santa and the group. Sophomore Ilona Miller, who made her second trip to be with the Special Populations Group, had this to say about her experience, "I remember this past semester I couldn't wait to go to their Christmas party because it is so fun eating Christmas dinner with them, playing bingo, and dancing. It was the highlight of my semester and it will always be my highlight." Freshman Lucy Staats, who made her first trip with the Special Populations Group added, "I absolutely loved working with the Special Population Group! So many different personalities and attitudes. I know they enjoyed our company but little did they know how much of an impact they made on us!" The Special Populations group is for adults with developmental and physical disabilities and gives them the opportunity to socialize and interact with the community.
Greek Night at Collins Center
On February 13th Greek Life had their Greek Night event during the halftime of both the men's and women's basketball games. Each house competed against one another for prizes provided by Baker Athletics. Competitions included a free throw contest, a relay race, and a spirit contest. Kappa Sigma won the fraternity free throw contest and Zeta Phi Beta won the free throw contest for the sororities. Sigma Phi Epsilon won the relay race, and Zeta Tau Alpha won the spirit competition. There was also a fundraiser where fans paid one dollar for a chance to make a three point shot and win a bottle of soda. The proceeds from the fundraiser and other donations went to the Baldwin City Food Pantry.
Athletics Organizes Blood Drive
On Friday January 31st the Athletic Department hosted The American Red Cross Blood Drive in Mabee Gym. The event is held twice every year, both in the fall and spring semesters. This year 26 people were successfully able to donate blood. This number was one higher than the Athletic Departments goal of 25. The AD department would like to thank all the donors and all those who helped make the blood drive a success. They encourage everyone to help make a difference by donating at next semesters drive.
Track Prepares for Life after College
Several seniors on the Baker Track Team are currently completing their internships so they can receive their degrees. Coach Kindler stated that these internships help give the athletes real world experience. It teaches them how to be organized and how to manage their time wisely. The athletes go to work for most of the day, yet still find time to get their workouts in. The indoor team's season is in full swing concluding on March 6th for the NAIA Championships.
Baseball Freshmen Find Ways to Make an Impact
Freshman Nick Yarborough recently donated bone marrow to a 52-year-old patient to help replace what was damaged/lost. Freshman Cody Gregory recently received the honor of becom ing an Eagle Scout. The baseball team's season is underway with non-conference games. Conference games start in mid-march.
Volleyball Raises Funds for Breast Cancer
The Volleyball team recently raised $1800 dollars for a former player who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The team also donated more money to help fund Breast Cancer Research. Several girls on the team volunteer their time to help train youth in the community to play volleyball.
Bowling Raises Scholarship Dollars for Local Youth
To help raise scholarship money for local youth, the Baker bowling team participated in the Heart of America Big Guy Little Guy tournament. Adult bowlers were paired with youth bowlers in a team style tournament with scholarship money being earned based on final standings. The scholarship money is placed in a United States Bowling Congress SMART fund for each youth bowler which can only be accessed for college expenses.