June 14, 2014
Saturday Morning - Omaha Home For Boys
The Ole Miss baseball team during its off day on Saturday morning was able to spend some time volunteering at the Omaha Home For Boys. Each year, the College World Series builds a volunteering component into the event and the Rebels were paired with the Boys Home.
The Omaha Home for Boys was founded October 12, 1920 in Omaha, Neb., after the Chamber of Commerce recognized the need for a safe place to send orphaned, neglected and wayward boys within Omaha's city limits.
The Rebels were treated to tours of the residential campus by residents and also engaged in some sports with the residents, while also getting to know many of the stories of the boys who are housed at the facility.
As much as the residents enjoyed spending time with the Ole Miss players, the Rebels also forged some bonds with the children housed at the facility. Freshman shortstop Errol Robinson definitely realized the importance of giving back.
"It was really touching," said Robinson. "I talked to a kid who was 13 who had been through more things than I can imagine being though and I'm 19 years old. The situations they're in and the situations we're in really make you feel blessed to be in the situation that you're in. To have an easier path in life is a blessing and you really feel for those kids and what they're going through at an early age.
This experience makes you feel really blessed. To be able to do what we do and to play in front of the crowds we play in and to make difference, really makes me appreciate each moment."
Wyatt Short shared the same sentiment as Robinson and walked away with a newfound respect for the residents at the Omaha Home For Boys.
"I had a really good time," said Short. "Everyone was nice and had hospitable. The setup with the levels was really cool. I came away with such respect for them and what they've gone through and how they have handled it. They are really becoming grown men throughout these situations."
Photo Gallery | Video: Coach Bianco Addressing the Residents
Practice - Millard West High School
After spending the morning volunteering, Ole Miss headed to Millard West High School to get some practice in ahead of Sunday's matchup with No. 3 national seed Virginia.
The Rebels also signed some autographs for a local youth team that, ironically, back in April picked their team for the College World series and wanted to be Ole Miss. The team came out to practice and Coach Bianco put them to work in the outfield. Ole Miss also did some media interviews prior to practice in advance of Sunday's contest.
Photo Gallery | Video: Coach Bianco Putting the "Lil" Rebels To Work
Previous Behind-The Scenes at the College World Series
Friday - June 13
College World Series Photo Galleries
Friday June 13
Practice at TD Ameritrade
Saturday June 14
Visit to Omaha Home For Boys
Practice at Millard West HS
Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes moments from the Rebels throughout the 2014 College World Series.