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KU Baseball Gives Back on Thanksgiving

When the Jayhawks landed in the Dominican Republic last Wednesday, they went right to batting practice.

But heavy rain in the country eliminated some of the scheduled games.

The team was set for five games while on this trip against the Dominican Republic developmental teams of the Kansas City Royals, the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies.

The team only played two of those games.

However, Head Coach Ritch Price wanted to make the trip about more than just baseball.

Price brought the Jayhawks to the Dominican Republic four years ago and said the best part of these trips is giving back to the community; he did that again this year.

“Four years ago was the best experience I ever had in a game, and the reason it was so special was to see the reaction on my guys and their involvement on the community service projects,” Price said.

Before the Jayhawks left for the Dominican Republic, they packed over 150 bags full of KU t-shirts, school supplies, and other KU materials to give to the kids at low-income schools.

The team taught the kids how to play basketball, field ground balls and red rover.

Pitcher Jeremy Kravetz said “it felt great to give back to this community and see the joy on the kids faces as we interacted with them.”

The kids kept thanking the players and saying how grateful they were to just have the team spend the day with them.

But Price’s highlight of the trip was teaching the kids three English words… “Rock Chalk Jayhawk.”

Kravetz said this trip not only impacted the community they served, but the team itself. He said it put their lives in perspective and knowing how blessed they are for the life that they live and the opportunity to play baseball at the University of Kansas.