As part of Dallas Baptist Athletics Global Sports Initiative, Dallas Baptist Baseball will spend Fall Break in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic serving the people of the community and villages around the capital city. DBU Baseball Players will hold clinics for area youth, visit orphanages in San Pedro de Macoris, and compete against four different Dominican teams during their time in the country.
“Our number one goal while we are in the Dominican Republic is to serve and share the love of Christ with the people we meet,” said Head Coach Dan Heefner. “We will get to compete while we are there but hopefully for our players that will just be a backdrop to our mission. We want to meet people, invest in their lives as best we can, and show Christ in a good light as we serve.”
The Patriots will board a plane early Saturday morning and arrive in Santo Domingo in time for dinner. In all, the team will play four games in their four full days in country and will visit an orphanage, help paint houses outside the city, and host a baseball clinic for area youth players.
Much like their visit to Guatemala in 2007, the team and administration are looking forward to their chance to serve in a different culture. “The Global Sports Initiative was designed to allow DBU athletes and teams to spend time outside the comforts of home and help them grow and mature in their faith,” said Director of Athletics Ryan Erwin. “In the seven trips we have made prior to this baseball trip, our athletes have come back with a different perspective on life and faith. The language differences, the economic differences, the culture differences – they all make for a unique opportunity to share the Good News of what Christ has done in our lives and we are confident that will continue with this trip to the Dominican.”