TULSA, Okla. - A pair of Oral Roberts redshirt juniors, Kurt Giller and Brandon Healy, ran across an article that led them to spearhead a campaign within the clubhouse to send baseball gloves and balls to troops serving overseas.
On a broad scale, the "Gloves 4 Troops" campaign was started by minor leaguer Vance Albitz. The campaign recently has picked up steam following a post by ESPN columnist Rick Reilly.
"Brandon (Healy) and I came across the article about Gloves4Troops.com," said Giller. We were both inspired by the article and through with all the resources and connections we have through the ORU baseball family, we would be able to make a substantial donation to the program."
"With ORU baseball having a former member in Ryan Ianelli fall in combat, we thought this would be a really cool way to give back to the troops with America's pastime."
Marine Captain Iannelli, who played for the Golden Eagles from 2004-06, died during combat operations in Afghanistan in September of 2011.
Giller said the team had retrieved a collection of gloves and are planning to ship off their donations on Friday morning.
Upon receiving the donated gloves, Albitz's father oil up the gloves and fixes the strings, while the gloves are sent to the troops out of his father's garage. Albitz hopes to have collected and sent 1000 gloves by the beginning of spring training.
For more information on "Gloves 4 Troops," visit Gloves4Troops.com.