The third-annual Strike Out Hunger at Lubbock Christian University was a hit in a number of ways:
- Fans who came to watch the Chap baseball and Lady Chap softball teams play Texas A&M University International brought food to help the South Plains Food Bank (SPFB) as part of a university-wide drive.
- People were entertained with music and games, and enjoyed free food – hamburgers, hot dogs, and sausage wraps.
- Threatened bad weather stayed away, and Saturday’s games were played under sunny weather with billowing, puffy clouds off in the distance.
- And the Chaps and Lady Chaps both won big, sweeping the Heartland Conference series against their foes from Laredo.
“I really like the way this engages the LCU community with the whole community, and it’s a chance to do some good for those in difficult circumstances.” said LCU President Tim Perrin as the softball game neared its end. “One of my goals is for LCU is to be a good neighbor and get the community on campus to learn about us and to make a difference together. So this is a win, win, win.”
Strike Out Hunger was born three years ago when Russell Dabbs – LCU professor of economics and a SPFB board member – talked to Lynn Weir at the food bank about how LCU could contribute. Dabbs then talked to LCU ENACTUS, a student business organization.
“They took the idea and ran with it in 2014,” said Dabbs. “Since then it’s blossomed into a university-wide initiative.”
Last year, Strike Out Hunger raised 6,800 pounds of food and donations. The food bank is still waiting to tally up the final numbers from this year’s drive.
The office of Recruiting and Admissions supported the event Saturday by grilling food. Chris Hayes, the department’s director said his group also helps do food for summer camps, Encounter LE, and s’mores for Big Blue Christmas. Hayes said they borrowed a massive cooker from Rob Wilkinson (‘01) and Dennis Wisdom of N-Com.
After the Lady Chaps finished off the Dustdevils, coach Daren Hays said while his team’s main role in this event was playing a game where people could go and bring food, the Lady Chaps “come through with flying colors on service projects.”
His team picks kids to sponsor for Christmas and “spoil them rotten.” They work with the Challenger Little League that allows disabled children to play sports and are also involved in Make-A-Wish, he said.
The Lady Chaps swept the Dustdevils with an 8-2 win, the final runs coming off a two-run home run by redshirt junior Katera Eltsosie in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Afterwards, the Lady Chaps joined fans in the stands to watch the Chaps roll to an 11-2 win to complete their sweep.