The McPherson College baseball team is already hard at work — not on the field just yet, but in the community.

Coach Bryan Moses scheduled several service projects for the players over the past week to demonstrate support for a number of groups in the area.

“We want to be out in the community with a smile on our face and show that we take pride in where we go to school and the town we go to school in,” Moses explained. “It’s not necessarily breaking a stereotype, but it’s us being the type of people we want to have to have in our program: young men who give back and who live life to help others.”

Last year, players gave one morning of their fall break to work around the McPherson Animal Shelter. This year, the team added on a visit to The Cedars and washing windows on Main Street to their week of service.

“We got up at 6:30 a.m. and went to clean windows on Main Street before all the business owners got there for work. That was a great day,” Moses recalled. “And at The Cedars, we passed out schedules and gifts, talked about what we have going on with our team and the field being built. They were really receptive and it was good to lift their spirits.

The team spent Friday morning at the McPherson Animal Shelter, 1115 W. Woodside St. in McPherson. Players cleaned cages, washed windows, tidied toys and, best of all, played with the animals awaiting adoption.

“There’s animal shelters around the country where dogs aren’t getting adopted and are getting euthanized. That’s an issue that’s near and dear to my heart,” Moses explained. “I’m less concerned about character building than I am about giving back to people.”

Moses explained that performing community service activities as a team can improve teamwork and character, but the purpose is still rooted in benefiting the community.

“It naturally builds up our team, but it’s about giving back,” Moses said. “We want to give back to McPherson and let everyone know we’re here to help the community in any way we can.”

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