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Louisiana College baseball team hosts Blood Drive in 3rd annual "Life Day" celebration

Pineville, La - The Louisiana College baseball team and their Community Outreach Program was in Alexandria on Wednesday December 5 to celebrate the team's 3rdannual "Life Day" activities.

Mike Byrnes' club, who has already donated well over 100 hours of community service during the fall semester, met at the Life Share Blood Center in Alexandria and combined to donate over 40 pints of blood in one afternoon.

"The Community Outreach Program has given us an opportunity to give back to this area," said junior pitcher Madison Lachney, "we're always extremely proud to be in a position to help this community out, especially during the holidays."

It was the second time in the past eight days that the entire team has been involved with a Community Outreach Program project, as they took on the duty of Salvation Army Bell Ringers on Tuesday November 27th at various locations in the Alexandria area.

"This program that our coaching staff, along with (Director of Baseball Operations) Billy Pilgrim, has set up is a perfect way for us to only help out in the Pineville/Alexandria area," said junior infielder Daniel Bonadona, "but also a chance for us to show everyone what the true definition of a student-athlete is: Academics, Athletics, and Community Service all rolled into one."

Wednesday's "Life Day" blood drive was the final project that the Community Outreach Program will take part in before the school breaks for the semester.

The Wildcats will then return to Pineville and prepare for their season opener against Texas College February 1st.