Date Published

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CHICKASHA – Once a Drover, always a Drover. College teammates become lifelong friends. For that reason, USAO’s baseball and softball programs are hosting an alumni weekend

to help reunite former teammates and introduce former players with those who came before and after in the Drover history books.

Alumni from both programs will gather for a social mixer and barbecue dinner on USAO’s campus and a friendly alumni pick up game at Bill Smith Ballpark on Aug. 27-28.

Coaches Mike Ross and Jenn White hosted the event last year and were pleased with its success.

Nearly 70 former players and guests attended in 2010, singing only praises for the weekend.

“We sure like for them all to come back and to be able to see them all — and have a good time, a good weekend,” baseball coach Mike Ross said. “We’re excited to do it again. It was a great event last year. We’re looking forward to it being bigger and better this year.”

The mixer and dinner will be the evening of Aug. 27. Cost is $45 to alums and includes up to one guest. To participate in the baseball or softball game the following afternoon, it’s an additional $30.

“A lot of Drover baseball and softball history showed up at last year’s reunion. Players from many different years renewed friendships and made new friends as well,” said Eric Feuerborn, director of Alumni Development. “The coaches did a great job with the reunion and are working hard to make this year’s another success.”

Piggybacking on the reunion weekend, the baseball and softball programs also are hosting a fundraising golf scramble on the morning of Aug. 27. That event is open to the public and alums alike.

The golf tournament participants can either register individually or in teams of four. The cost is $65 per person — or $260 a team — if paid before Aug. 15. Price includes breakfast and lunch and increases to $80 a person after Aug. 15. The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. at Fort Cobb State Park Golf Course.

Alumni interested in attending all three events — the golf scramble, the dinner and the alumni game — can do so for a reduced cost of just $100 total. That price also includes a guest for the dinner.

“The entire event is fun. From the golf tournament to the alumni game, our former players have a great time together,” White said. “And the money goes to help finance and improve our programs, so it’s truly a win all around.”

The events are held as a way of raising money for the programs, specifically for an indoor hitting facility for both programs to use. The facility is projected to cost between $500,000 and $600,000.

Registration for the golf tournament: Click here.

Registration for the alumni weekend: Click here.

Published: July 20, 2011