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UCF gives back to Orlando Little Leaguers

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – It has been a busy fall for the UCF baseball team on and off the diamond. With the start of fall baseball last week, the Knights have been improving on their fundamentals while also helping little leaguers around the Orlando area the past three weekends with theirs as well.

Beginning Sept. 17, the squad ventured out to Conway Little League, then traveled to Dr. Phillips Little League on the 24th and ended its three-week circuit at the Oviedo Babe Ruth league last weekend.

Head coach Terry Rooney takes a great deal of pride in his team’s effort on and off the field. The fourth-year skipper is well aware of the importance of community service around the Central Florida area.

“For the last several years our team has taken UCF Baseball to the community,” Rooney said. “We have made it a priority to expose as many youth baseball players as possible to our program. We want our program to be Orlando’s baseball team. In addition, it provides our player’s the opportunity to give back and understand the valuable role they have in the eyes of these youngsters. We are honored to put our program in to the local community.”

While at the three little league complexes, the Knights put on pitching, hitting, bunting, base running, infield and outfield clinics to help improve the skill sets of the young sluggers.

Aside from their work at the three complexes, UCF players and coaches headed over to Altamonte Springs to assist physically and mentally disabled children play baseball in the Miracle League on Sept. 24.

With their community service opportunities completed, the Knights can be found practicing at the UCF baseball complex through Oct. 26-28 when it hosts the three-game Black and Gold World Series. All practices are open to the public throughout the fall.

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