A group of Bethany College Baseball and Softball Swedes departed Monday, October 24 for a week-long service trip to assist the American Red Cross in North Carolina, an area that was devastated by Hurricane Matthew. The trip allows the group of more than 40 students, faculty, and coaching staff to practice one of the school’s core values, servant leadership.

“Bethany College’s faculty and staff are proud of these students and their commitment to servant leadership,” Bethany College President William Jones said. “I hope others will join us in praying for the devastated communities and for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as they travel and serve.”

More than two weeks after Hurricane Matthew began its path of destruction, the American Red Cross has served more than a million meals and snacks, and provided 97,000 overnight shelter stays to people in need. The student-athletes will leave their bats and gloves behind to join in this effort.

“The effects of Hurricane Matthew are still causing significant flooding in parts of North Carolina and South Carolina. Bethany College students will be helping the American Red Cross in delivering food, assist in shelters, distribute relief supplies and other support to help thousands of people whose lives have been upended by this storm,” said Deb Tucker, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager, Serving Central and Western Kansas. “We’re in the middle of a vast response, and our work is far from over. We are so thankful that Bethany College is allowing student athletes this opportunity. The Red Cross will be here as long as people need our help.”

The students’ relief efforts can be followed on Twitter at #SwedesInService and #RedCross.

Participating on the trip:

Kansas – Andrew Bartman, head baseball coach, and Laura Stenlund, assistant professor of athletic training, Lindsborg; Austin Gordon, Emporia; Trevor Kemp, El Dorado; Trevor LeManske, Overland Park; Gillian Farley, Enterprise; Jurnee Gregg, Marquette; Erin Newport, Fontana; Taylor Wurtz, Wichita.

California – Donald Brais, Covina; Cameron Landreth, Los Angeles; Alaina Lawing, Riverside.

Colorado – Christopher Reardon, Highlands Ranch; Brooke Gilpin, Greeley; Taryn Hargash, Longmont; Zoe Levesque, Denver; Alexis Martinez, Pueblo.

Illinois – Eben Brooks, Murphysboro; Tyler Bryant, Cahokia; Anton Schrader, Peoria.

Nebraska – Andrew Stolz, Omaha.

Nevada – Elizabeth Endsley, and Shannon Williams, Las Vegas.

New York – Derrell Epps, Spring Valley.

Texas – Justin Bennet, Celeste; Robert Eakin, San Antonio; Alexander Martinez, Pearland; Zachary Myrick, La Vernia; Evan Schwab, Dallas; Brandon Shoemaker, Tomball; Morgan Garrett, Austin; Alyssa Martinez, Bay City.

Utah – Taylor (Colton) Nielson, Lehi.

Washington – Dalton Bidon, Black Diamond; Joel Worden, Vancouver.

Dominican Republic – Engel Rosario, Santo Domingo.

Puerto Rico – Josiry Cirino, Carolina; Christian Correa, Bayamon; Julian Freytes, Hatillo; Joel Quinones, Loiza; Adan Rosado, Dorado; Russell Torres, and Johel Zea, Trujillo Alto; Apdiel Vazquez, San Juan.