At this weekend’s Hendrix College field hockey games, donations will be taken to raise funds for Ben Knapp, a friend of Warrior junior Elizabeth Lancaster.
Hendrix will host Sewanee at noon on Saturday and Lindenwood on Sunday.
In October of 2011, Knapp had a heart attack in the middle of the night and stopped breathing. Doctors were able miraculously to keep him alive. However, he cannot see, speak or move his body well. He understands everything and his mind is exactly the same. Since then, he has been going through intense physical therapy four times a week at A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital and was named Physical Therapy Patient of the Year.
His medical bills, and equipment are expensive and Hendrix officials will pass along a donation jar at the games. Donations can also be sent to: The Ben Knapp Medical Fund; c/o Mike Drass; 120 North State St. Dover, DE 19901.
The University of Central Arkansas Bears will host the Ontario Blue Jays in their Fall International Game on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Bear Stadium. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. with free admission.
The Blue Jays are one of Canada’s top amateur baseball programs and will be making a swing through the states for several exhibition games.
“It’s big for our program for recruiting purposes,’ said UCA head coach Allen Gum. “There is a really large talent pool up there and this lets those guys come in here and see our facilities and how we do things at UCA.
“This team comes down and plays SEC teams and Big 12 teams. We’re excited that they are coming here to our campus. This will be a great experience for our players. It will give our guys a break from the grind of fall practice and let them play someone in a different colored jersey.”
The Bears, who made their first trip to the Southland Conference tournament last spring, will play their annual Fall World Series beginning Oct. 19. The 2013 season-opener is set for Feb. 15 against Murray State at Bear Stadium.
The Hendrix College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host their annual Black/Orange Intrasquad at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Bob Courtway Pool.
The Warriors have been divided into two squads and will compete in 16 different events — including a fins relay and a T-shirt relay.
Under head coach Jim Kelly, entering his 31st season, Hendrix returns three letterwinners from the men’s team and 10 from the women’s squad. The Warriors will also have five newcomers to the women’s team and six for the men.
The Warriors will open 2012-13 season on Oct. 26 with the 45th Annual Hendrix Classic Diving & Swimming at Bob Courtway Pool.