November 16, 2009

Owens Express Baseball Student-Athletes and Coaches to Help Needy Families at Toledo Seagate Food Bank, Nov. 21

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – The Owens Community College Express men’s baseball team will be providing a helping hand to those in need during this Thanksgiving holiday season as 27 student-athletes and coaches volunteer their time at the Toledo Seagate Food Bank on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the baseball team will be sorting thousands of recently donated food items from the Toledo Seagate Food Bank’s annual holiday donation drive titled “Stuff the Truck”. In addition to sorting the collected items, Owens’ student-athletes and coaches will be packing the various donations for eventual delivery to needy families and individuals throughout Northwest Ohio.

“There many people throughout Northwest Ohio who are without food on a daily basis,” said Bob Schultz, Owens Head Coach of the Men’s Baseball Program. “The Owens Community College Express baseball team is proud to once again help the Toledo Seagate Food Bank in their efforts to fight hunger and make a difference in the lives of those in need.”

Schultz added, “In today’s economic times there are even more families who are struggling. I encourage people to make a donation to their area food bank as supplies are very low.”

The Owens men’s baseball program finished the 2009 season with a 34-10 overall record and captured its eighth regular season Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (11-4 record) title in the program’s history. The conference championship is the fifth in the last six years. Owens Express men’s baseball was ranked No. 10 in the final NJCAA Division II poll and lost to Lakeland Community College in the NJCAA Sub-Region XII Championships. The baseball team will be volunteering at the Toledo Seagate Food Bank until 11:30 a.m.

Individuals interested in donating to the “Stuff the Truck” holiday collection drive this weekend can drop off their items at the Toledo Seagate Food Bank, which is located at 526 High St. in Toledo. Items being collected include canned meats, grocery/food items, chilled and frozen foods, canned/frozen/bottled beverages, detergents, and paper goods, among other donations. For more information about the “Stuff the Truck” holiday collection drive, call (419) 244-6996.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.