Friday night wasn't the best night for the Florida State Seminoles after they lost to Arizona in extra innings at the College World Series, but Saturday the team visited the Omaha Home for Boys, a place for at-risk youth.
Coach Mike Martin told Channel 6 News visiting the group home was just as important for the team as the 40 young men that live on campus. “It gives us a chance to get away from baseball for awhile and I think it's really important for our guys to see that they have so much to be thankful for."
The student athletes spent time eating lunch with the teenagers and then took a walk around campus. Afterwards, the team split into smaller groups to take a tour of the cottages the boys call home.
Seventeen-year-old Tre'von Newson showed some of the players his bedroom. He said that having FSU visit was really special. “I think we're lucky, a lucky group home to have college D1 school come to our group home and hang out with us.”
The team also signed baseballs and played games with the young men. Hunter Scantling, a senior, spoke to several of the teens hoping to inspire them and encouraging them to stay positive. “They opened up with us and it's been a great experience for them and a great experience for us.”
The Omaha Home for Boys reaches about 300 youth every year.
Florida State is scheduled to play in an elimination game Sunday against Stony Brook.