BYU Baseball Returns Home from Dominican Republic with a 4-0 Record and Stories of Thousands of Under-privileged Children that Benefited from Donations by 5 Star Legacy

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On November 17, 2011, 35 BYU baseball players, coaches, and administrators along with founders of 5 Star Legacy Foundation Mark and Niki Comer and their family left for the Dominican Republic on a goodwill mission to help benefit under-privileged children through distribution of hygiene kits, educational materials, and baseball equipment.

5 Star Legacy Foundation/BYU BASEBALL Benefit Children in Dominican Republic

BYU Baseball head coach Vance Law stated “Initially, our players felt they were going to be helping people in need and now in hindsight it was they who benefitted the most from these experiences.

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Founder of 5 Star Legacy Foundation Mark Comer and his family left for the Dominican Republic earlier in 2011 with 500 pounds of baseball equipment that had been donated through various little league teams including the Highland Hitmen from Highland, UT. What started out as a family cultural vacation, and an idea to give under-privileged children in the Dominican Republic a few hundred pounds of donated baseball gloves, cleats, catchers equipment, and bats quickly morphed into something much bigger.

The BYU baseball coaches and team were planning a trip to the Dominican Republic to take part in a series of baseball games with the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees developmental teams. BYU finished with 4 wins and 0 losses.

After hearing stories that transpired earlier in the year with the donations of the Highland little league teams, BYU assistant coach Ryan Roberts approached Mark and 5 Star Legacy Foundation with an idea to make their trip even more impactful. 5 Star Legacy Foundation was thrilled to partner with BYU Baseball to plan and organize service opportunities for their players and coaches.

Through strategic partnerships with the city of Orem, Synergy Worldwide, Wal-Mart, Flagship Homes and many more, 5 Star Legacy Foundation was able to secure the following:

  •     1,300 hygiene kits filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, soap, shampoo, band aids, washcloths, dental floss, and other hygiene related items
  •     11 pallets of baseball equipment including gloves, bats, cleats, baseballs, catchers equipment, and pro jerseys
  •     Nutritional supplements
  •     Beans, water and rice
  •     30+ basketballs, volleyballs and soccer balls
  •     Educational materials

The players and coaches of BYU Baseball were instrumental in assembling the hygiene kits and distributing the items and spending many hours with the children who benefitted from the efforts of so many. The impact reached the following areas.

  •     Nuestro Pequeno Hermanos orphanage in San Pedro, DR
  •     Santa Hermana orphanage, Santo Domingo, DR
  •     119 home visits - Sugar Cane Village near Higuey, DR,
  •     Higuey Elementary School with over 1,600 kids
  •     2 free baseball clinics (held in Higuey & Boca Chica) given by the BYU baseball team and coaches to over 600 kids

After the BYU team played the Boston Red Sox developmental team, the Red Sox Organization provided the team with a much appreciated Thanksgiving Dinner. 5 Star Legacy and BYU Baseball will be making future trips to the Dominican Republic.

BYU Baseball head coach Vance Law stated, “Initially, our players felt they were going to be helping people in need and now in hindsight it was they who benefitted the most from these experiences. A huge thank you to 5 Star Legacy Foundation for their assistance in turning what was supposed to be a baseball trip into a service oriented trip of a lifetime”.

Through the effort of one, that can change a life. Through the perpetual efforts of many, that can change everything.

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