May 3, 2016
Players on the Rice baseball team made good on a recent promise, and delivered the donations collected from the program's recent Toy Drive to the Children's Assessment Center.
The Owls began collecting toys during a game on April 16. At the end of the drive, players recently found free time between studying for/taking their final exams and baseball schedule to deliver the donations.
"We wanted to do something that would make an impact in children's lives," said Rice senior Blake Fox. "It was (senior second baseman) Grayson Lewis' idea, and he's had experience with toy drives in the past. "It's been great to bring the toys here and see what kind of impact they have made."
Lewis said that in lieu of toys some Owl fans decided to make a financial donation. That sum was also presented to Children's Assessment Center staff. Lewis and many players on the team are more than happy to do community service work.
"As a student-athlete we realize we are on a stage to have a big impact in the community," Lewis explained. "We were a little worried about the drive when weather conditions changed the schedule and moved our dates around, but we still had a great turnout. We had more than 250 toys donated, along with other financial contributions. Delivering them here to the Center was great!"