A group of enthusiastic young men from Manila and Tuckerman are preparing for a baseball/missionary trip to the Dominican Republic on July 22-29.
The young men preparing to go is made up of young Christian baseball players. Two of the 13 are from Tuckerman and the other 11 are from Manila. Most are playing or have played baseball for Coach Steven Milligan. Milligan is one of five adult leaders who will be making the trip. Coach Milligan has coached baseball at Manila High School for seven years.
The young men making the trip are Dillon Burrow, Landon Woody, Jeremy Goff, Jordan Goff, Tracey Wade Reinhart, Zach Reinhart, Michael Shedd, Luke McLaughlin, Blake Wheeler, Tray Malone, and Blake Miller, all from Manila. Two players from Tuckerman are Cade Nisewonger and Spencer Shannon.
Men joining Coach Milligan on the trip are David Shedd, Sonny Ray Dill, Woody Nunnally, and Dale Case.
"A friend of Sonny Ray's has been trying to get this together for some time," Coach Milligan said. "We are looking forward to the experience. This will be the first time for some of our group to be out of the country."
The group is raising money for their trip and will have several fundraisers between now and July. They sold doughnuts in January.
They will hold a pancake breakfast on April 2 from 7-10 a.m. at the Manila Community Center.
They hope to have at least one fundraiser a month. They have an account set up at Southern Bancorp under the name of BASES (Bringing All Souls to Eternal Salvation).
They will be working with 100 to 200 young people during their trip sharing not only their baseball skills but their love of God.
"I hope the experience will get me closer to God and I have the opportunity to get others closer to God," Jeff Goff said.
Dillon Burrow said he is looking forward to meeting new people and learning new cultures.
"We may come back knowing more about baseball than when we left," Coach Milligan said. "We are told they really enjoy a big game against the visiting team at the end of the clinic. In addition to baseball, we will be sharing our testimonies."
The group will have the experience of working with other young people during the baseball clinic and they will also have a little down time to tour the area.
They are looking forward to the trip and expressed their appreciation to everyone who helps through their fundraisers.