19 Ways was founded by current Oklahoma baseball head coach Pete Hughes in honor of his late mother, Alice, whose favorite number was 19. Hughes first implemented 19 Ways when he was the head coach at Virginia Tech, and carried the program to Oklahoma in 2013. The Northeastern and Northern Illinois baseball programs also have adopted the program, with the UD softball squad becoming the fifth Division I program to participate.
19 Ways is a national initiative that challenges a team to be of service to the community in 19 different ways throughout the course of one year. The Blue Hens implemented the program because it supports one of the team’s three core values - classroom, community, and competition. The squad’s mission is to inspire an attitude of helping, giving, and connecting between players on the UD softball team and the community.
Please contact assistant coach Sammi Shivock at email@example.com with any community service requests or suggestions that you would like to see Delaware Softball participate in if possible.
|B+||Ongoing||The Softball team has made a commitment to serve and support the B+ foundation in any and every way that they can including fundraising, adopting a hero & more. The essence of B+ is kids helping kids fight cancer through family assistance, research & advocacy.|
|Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat||10/31/15||The Team gathered on Halloween dressed in all kinds of costumes to “trick or treat” in a local neighborhood for canned goods to donate to the Newark branch of the Food Bank of DE. With great support from the West Branch neighbors, the team was able to collect 486lbs of canned goods.|
|CAA Blood Drive||11/18/15||Five members of the University of Delaware Softball team gathered to both support and donate blood in the annual Colonial Athletic Conference Blood Drive. Over the last 13 years, the CAA Blood Challenge has resulted in 41,831 productive units of blood. The University of Delaware captured the CAA Blood Challenge win for the fourth year in a row and eighth time overall with 700 donors.|
|Piedmont Coaches Clinic||12/7/15||The University of Delaware Softball coaching staff gathered to conduct a two-hour coaches clinic for Piedmont Little League. The clinic consisted of great discussion surrounded around the topics of the difference between coaching boys and girls or baseball and softball, how run a fun and interactive practice that will in turn keep young athletes engaged in the sport of softball, different softball techniques, the great influence that Little League coaches have on their young athlete’s sport development, and much more.|
|Piedmont Participation Clinic||12/7/15||The Softball Program put on a two-hour participant clinic for Piedmont Little League where participants got the chance to receive instruction, have fun, and develop relationships with the players and coaches.|
|Girl Scout Troop 1014 of Newark||12/10/15||Two Captains, Shelby Jones and Leanna Gearhart, met with third grade Girl Scout Troop 1014 of Newark to help the troop earn their Women in Sports badge. Shelby and Leanna spoke to the troop about their personal experiences in sports, the different lessons and values that you learn from playing sports, what it means to be a teammate and captain, and what sportsmanship means. They also taught specifically about the game of softball and engaged in an interactive segment that taught the troop members how to field a ground ball and pop fly.|
|Reps for Kids||12/10/15||The entire softball team participated in the first ever University of Delaware “Reps for Kids” event put on by the athletic department to raise money for B+ (helps kids fight cancer through family assistance, research and advocacy). Leading up to the event, student-athletes recruited sponsors to donate a chosen dollar amount that corresponded to how many reps the student-athlete could complete on a specific exercise (pull-ups or bench press) the night of the event. Reps for Kids raised over $12,000 dollars for the B+ Foundation.|
|National Girls and Women in Sports Day||2/7/16||
The captains of the softball team, Shelby Jones, Kiersten Coffman, Giovanna Kolofer, and Leanna Gearhart, spent time on a Sunday afternoon teaching softball to girls in the local community through an event called National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Through this event, young girls have the opportunity to rotate through sessions ran by University of Delaware athletes and coaches while both learning and trying a large variety of different sports.
|University of Delaware Polar Bear Plunge for Delaware Special Olympics||3/10/16||Delaware Softball participated virtually in the first ever University of Delaware Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for Delaware Special Olympics. Each player was eligible to be dunked if $30 was raised in her name, and head coach, John Seneca, agreed to be dunked if $1,000 was raised in his name. With the help of our awesome family, friends, and fans, thirteen members of the softball team got dunked, including Coach John, to raise a grand total of $1,500, making Delaware Softball the top fundraising team in the 2016 University of Delaware Polar Bear Plunge. Thank you to all who donated to this awesome cause, making this event possible!|
|CAA Can Drive||3/5/16 - 3/11/16||
Delaware Softball helped collect can donations during the CAA Can Drive in effort to serve those in need. Bins were stationed at the entrance of the softball stadium on game days, and all fans who entered the stadium were asked to bring a donation. All donations were made to the Food Bank of Delaware.
|DFRC Blue-Gold Hand in Hand Party||3/20/16||Thanks to a donation by Delaware Express, the entire Delaware Softball team traveled by bus down to the Dover Modern Maturity Center to help with the annual DFRC (Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual disABILITIES) Blue-Gold Hand in Hand Party. The team arrived early and helped set the event up, served, danced, and formed relationships with challenged children during the party, and helped break down the event after. We would like to extend a huge hank you to DFRC for including Delaware Softball in such a special event.|
|Youth Softball Day||3/26/16||Delaware Softball held a Youth Softball Day where they invited all youth softball leagues and teams to come out to a Saturday double header against the College of Charleston. They held contests for youth players to become batgirls and honorary announcers and held a meet and greet session on the field for all the youth players after the games were over.|
|DFRC Blue-Gold Buddy Day||4/2/16||Delaware Softball invited all the members of the DFRC Blue-Gold Family out to DFRC Blue-Gold Buddy Day to recognize Buddies within the program. An honorary first pitch was thrown out by Co-Blue All-Star Buddy, Brendan Popp, Buddies were recognized in the stands, and a base running as well as dance session was held on the field with the players at the end of the games. Thank you to all who came out!|
|Swat 12U Day||4/3/16||Delaware Softball invited the Swat 12U travel ball team out for a game this past Sunday. Swat 12U players were announced out to positions with current Blue Hen players for the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start of the game. Additionally, a meet and greet session was held at the end of the game where Swat 12U players had the opportunity to interact, take pictures, and get signatures from all 19 players.|
|Special Olympics Softball Clinic||4/13/16||Delaware Softball invited all of Delaware Special Olympics to Delaware’s home stadium to participate in a softball clinic. Delaware coaches held a small coach’s clinic while the Delaware Softball team warmed up all of the participating athletes before coming together for some group skill work, base running, and eventually a large game. 35 to 40 Special Olympic athletes participated in the event that proved to serve as a fun and impactful experience for all involved. Relationships were fostered, and memories were made.|
|Valley Regional Warriors 12U Day||4/17/16||Delaware Softball invited the Valley Regional Warriors 12U travel ball team out for the third game of an intense series with conference opponent, Hofstra. Swat 12U players were announced out to positions with current Blue Hen players for the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start of the game. Additionally, a meet and greet session was held at the end of the game where Swat 12U players had the opportunity to interact, take pictures, and get signatures from all 19 players.|
|Special Olympics Delaware Talent Show||5/2/16||The Delaware Softball Team put up their spikes for a few hours and took the stage with 13 other teams in effort to raise money for Delaware Special Olympics and win bragging rights at this years annual Special Olympics Delaware Talent Show. The team partnered with players from the football team in an act that involved an epic dance battle that won them first place in the show!|
|Canal Little League Guest Coach||5/18/16||
Two players, Giovanna Kolofer and Morgan Schroll, and assistant coach, Sammi Shivock, volunteered their time to help in a minor league softball game for a local Little League, Canal Little League. The Delaware cast served as all time base coaches and the all-time pitcher/ump while having fun getting to know the future softball stars of the First Sate.
|Bear Babe Ruth Guest Coach||5/19/16||Three players, Shelby Jones, Taylor Curran, and Danielle Wissinger, volunteered their time to help at a major league softball contest between the Avalanche and the Cyclones of Bear Bear Ruth Softball. The Delaware players served as pregame warmup coaches, base coaches, as well as lead cheerleaders in the dugouts for both teams. It was a fun night for all involved.|