Published on October 16, 2017  

 It was a quick trip, packed with dozens of experiences.  Arriving on Friday, the team members were first hosted at a ministry called Pasitos de Jésus, a home operated by Dalma Florian for almost 40 young girls, where our students told their stories of accepting Christ and marveled, as Coach Dunn says, at “the pure joy and happiness” of the young girls.  On Saturday morning our students worked with 200 boys at a youth sports clinic, then played a game against Santa Fe, a Dominican minor league team, achieving a 3-0 victory.  Throughout the day, our team members shared their faith and their love of baseball with those they encountered.  After attending church on Sunday (all speaking and singing in Spanish), our students played another game—against team members ranging in age from 14 to 45 years old.  (Coach Dunn hasn’t mentioned the score of that game!)  On Monday and Tuesday the students played baseball with other groups, told their stories to everyone they encountered, bought and distributed groceries for 32 families, spent time at an orphanage for boys . . . and helped to change lives, even as their own lives were being changed.    

The world is better because of Casey Dunn and the Samford baseball team.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.