The Washington College baseball team's "Shoremen Nine" community service initiative is a series of nine community service projects performed by the team throughout the academic year. What follows are projects completed thus far this academic year.
September 3rd - St. Mary's Church (Annapolis) Spa Creek Art Festival
The Shoremen assisted St. Mary's Church in Annapolis with is Spa Creek Art Festival fundraiser on Labor Day. This marks the first project in the Shoremen Nine Community Service Project. Joe DiPaola, Brian Quadrino, Dennis Thomas, Joey Saunders, Brian Alexa and Pat Kinsella assisted in the breakdown of the event, as well as working the gourmet grill. Next up is a project at Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge on September 8th.
September 8th - Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge (Near Rock Hall) Clean Up
The Shoremen assisted in a fall clean-up of Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge, located in Kent County, just south of Rock Hall.
September 22nd - Chestertown Running Festival
The Shoremen served as volunteers for the Chestertown Running Festival, an Athletes Serving Athletes Event.
October 23rd - Queen of the Roses 5K
The whole team participated in the Queen of the Roses 5K road race in Chestertown, which is held each year to benefit the Jasmine Queen Scholarship and Arthritis Research and Awareness.
October 29th - Chestertown Halloween Parade
The baseball team joined members of the Washington College community to hand out candy at the annual parade down High Street.
October 29th - Rebuild Kent County Project
Before Hurricane Sandy, Sean Connole, Pete Breslauer, Addison Hanscom, Bryan Baquer and Joe Willis joined the Rebuild Kent County Project to assist in the construction of an accessible ramp.
December 8th - Salvation Army Bell Ringers
Bryan Baquer, John Beck, Bryan Quadrino, Tom Fiala and AJ Schmalfuhs all worked at the Salvation Army soliciting donations for the Kent County Chapter by ringing the beell outside of Fresh & Greens.
December 16th - Sandy Hook Relief
"Two days after the atrocities at Sandy Hook, the DiFabbio, Kinsella, and Remington families worked together in an attempt to provide some relief. We started buying teddy bears and different toys that we could give to comfort the families and siblings of those that suffered. My family and I contacted a host of other Guilford families in order to deliver as many teddy bears and stuffed animals as we could to a local relief shelter. We drove the toys about an hour up to Newtown and were successfully able to deliver toys to a relief shelter. When we arrived we could see that many people like ourselves had decided to reach out as well. There were countless banners and signs posted around town with words of encouragement such as "Pray for Newtown" and "We love you Sandy Hook." With the events taking place so close to our own town we all wanted to contribute any support and relief we could to those in need. Newtown, being so small and quiet, could have been any town across the nation, and we wanted to make sure to lend any kind of comfort we could."
- Ian Remington '14 (one of three Shoremen from Guilford, CT)