Shriners

A player examines his bat at a past Shriners Hospitals for Children Youth Experience event at Baylor Ballpark.

After a week of final exams, Baylor’s baseball players will probably enjoy cutting loose at Baylor Ballpark again on Saturday.

Only this time, they’re not the ones taking the swings and making the pitches.

It’s time again for the 10th annual Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic Youth Experience, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Baylor Ballpark and run throughout the day. Baylor players will indeed be on hand, but they’ll be serving as bat boys and volunteer coaches for more than 200 players from the Little League Challenger Division.

“It’s such a meaningful program,” said Dustin Johnson, the director of sports marketing for Shriners Hospitals who created this event a decade ago. “It’s nice that the Baylor players are able to really build relationships with Shriners patients. They were down at the College Classic (in Houston) in March, and they’ll be back again in 2020. But then to have this event at Baylor Ballpark, it helps raise money for a life-saving cause, and also gives a lot of kids an experience they’ll remember forever.”