This December, members of the Benedictine Baseball program will embark on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The trip is scheduled for Dec. 13-20 and will give the players, coaches, and staff an opportunity to take the values of Benedictine College into the Dominican through baseball.

“I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic as the director of baseball operations at the University of Kansas, to serve the D.R. communities 10 years ago,” said Benedictine head coach Eric Peterson. It’s been a dream of mine to share that experience with one of my own teams. This trip will provide perspective like none other and grow our Benedictine community through a service-based mission.

With your support, we can change lives.”

There are multiple ways to donate to the trip. You can make a donation at two places online – my.benedictine.edu/baseball, which is the baseball program’s only donation location – and at benedictine.edu/givemissions, which allows you to select the baseball trip as your mission donation. You can also donate hygiene kit products that will help meet the team’s goal for the trip.

Dominic Susanka and Matthew Gephardt are two of the players who are helping lead the team on the trip, an opportunity they both know will have an impact on the baseball program.

“For me and my teammates, this trip is a chance for us to take what we are learning here and spread it around the world,” Susanka said. We talk about how part of our mission (at Benedictine) is to transform culture in America. This trip not only gives us not only a chance to transform culture in America but in another country that might need our help.”

“I see this as a life-changing experience, not only for me but for everyone involved,” Gephardt said. “Serving that community will help provide my life with more purpose and give me a perspective that will help me in the real world and allow me to help my brothers and sisters in a way that Christ would.”

Some trip highlights include Building international relationships through baseball. (The Ravens will play local Dominican teams.), visiting an orphanage, painting houses, distributing hygiene kits in sugar cane villages, and an opportunity to celebrate Mass and the Sacraments with locals in the Dominican communities they will be serving.

To hear more from Dominic and Michael about how you can help make the trip a success, click on the accompanying video below: