Baseball is a numbers game, and there is a category where the University of Illinois Springfield squad outdistances most.
The Prairie Stars have logged a whopping 1,023 hours of community service over the course of the academic year.
“As time went on, we realized how much we actually accomplished,” junior Adam Unes said. “It was kind of neat to see it progress. Toward the end of this semester, we’re seeing all that work come together.”
Their charity work didn’t stop with the arrival of the first day of practice. The players and coaches have continued putting in hours. The coaching staff and three players answered a spur-of-the-moment phone call and unloaded an 18-wheeler filled with pre-built walls for Habitat for Humanity in a driving rain Tuesday. They’ve worked at other habitat sites and made an impact for four families.
“If you can help put a roof over someone’s head, that is something tangible,” UIS coach Mike Zandler said.
The story was featured by The State Journal-Register on April 19, 2013.
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