College Baseball Breakfast
The Omaha Baseball Breakfast with Brian Hommel as the keynote speaker resulted in numerous decisions for Christ. His message was a great, impactful message of Adam and Eve and the power of Christ in our lives today.
We had about 400 folks attend and it was a great time. Prizes were given away, and two North Carolina players shared—Mike McKee, senior catcher, and Adam Warren, pitcher, fourth-round draft pick of the New York Yankees.
Chase Jones, North Carolina catcher, and Larry Gallo, North Carolina Assistant Athletic Director, attended and were also recognized with six other North Carolina teammates.
Andy Stankiewicz, assistant coach for the Arizona State team, introduced his eight team members attending. In an interview, he told of his better life since Jesus Christ. Andy spoke at our seventh annual Omaha Baseball Breakfast and instructed in the 9th Inning clinics. He spoke highly of the impact 9th Inning Ministry has made over the years and its major impact around the College World Series.
Also Khiry Cooper, Husker wide receiver and fourth-round draft pick in baseball to the Angels, was interviewed by John Knicely, WOWT Channel 6 anchorman, who has served as our emcee for nine years. John always does a great job.
We held 4 baseball clinics and had over 413 in attendance—277 kids and 136 adults—at the clinics this year. God blessed with great weather both in Omaha and Lincoln. What a great time! Results were also very impactful with many of them accepting Jesus Christ. Brian Hommel, former Milwaukee Brewer pitcher for five years; Eric Christopherson, first-round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants and pro player for nine years; Bob Herold, former professional player and Kansas City Royals hitting coach and currently coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha; and Eric Newman, Husker pitching coach, spoke to the kids/parents at the Zorinski clinic. All did a great job and great work for Christ.
Brian Hommel, Eric Christopherson, and Bob Herold, all former professional ballplayers, visited 38 patients at University of Nebraska Medical Center and prayed with them and their parents. The patients were given autographed baseballs, testimony cards, and crosses. What a wonderful and faithful witness these professional ballplayers had on the staff at UNMC as well!
Hospitality sites around Rosenblatt Stadium
We had our five sites open during the entire College World Series. Thousands upon thousands received their bottle of ice-cold Thirst No More water® and had an opportunity to read the gospel message on every label. We handled over 60,000 bottles throughout the series. We will hand out water at Faith and Family night for the Omaha Royals’ game later this summer.
This year was the year of new volunteers making the 9th Inning Ministry a success for reaching people for Christ and exhibiting the “Fruit of the Spirit.” We had several groups from outside the city and as well as from Omaha helping. They were: First Baptist Church of Elmhurst, Illinois; First Baptist Church of Leakesville, Mississippi; and West View Baptist Church of Paragould, Ark.
Omaha groups were: Life Spring Church; Morning Star Lutheran; Harrison Street Baptist Church; Chandler Acres Church; Calvary Temple; Westside Church; Grace Fellowship Church; and Children’s Square USA, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
More than 400 volunteers helped hand out water during the series and helped at the clinics. Grand total for all the volunteers this year was over 750.