Immediate Release –Sports
September 23, 2015
Sinclair Baseball gives blood
Dayton, OH – The Sinclair Community College Baseball team visited Community Blood Center Downtown Wednesday to put their arms to work. Not throwing and catching, but swinging for the fences by donating blood and helping save lives.
It’s a fall tradition for Sinclair Coach Steve Dintaman to take a break from fall workouts and rally his team at the downtown CBC Dayton Donor Center. Wednesday’s visit began with an educational presentation about blood donations for the new players, followed by some good-intended arm twisting from Coach Dintaman, encouraging those who have never donated to step up to the plate.
The lineup card had 22 out of the 34 Sinclair players registering to donate along with Coach Dintaman. The veteran players took it in stride and even enjoyed teasing their younger teammates with the “First Time Donor” stickers on their red Sinclair Baseball t-shirts.
Connor Cleary summed up the feelings of those who had made the CBC visit before and were now both veteran players and veteran donors. “This is my second time donating since I’ve been at Sinclair,” he said. “Easy time!”
The roster changes every year and players come and go, but one part of Coach Dintaman’s message stays the same. He remains inspired by a player he met early in his career at Sinclair, starting pitcher Dan Jensen from Centerville.
Coach Dintaman makes sure his players see the YouTube video Dan made in his college dorm room. Dan explains how his carotid artery was “nicked” during routine tonsillectomy surgery the summer before his freshman year at Sinclair. He was soon rushed to the hospital with massive bleeding. Four days later he was back at the hospital again after nearly choking to death on sudden bleeding in the middle of the night when the surgical repair failed.
He survived thanks to emergency surgery and multiple transfusions. He worked himself back into shape, and became Sinclair’s best pitcher. He earned a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati where he became the ace of the pitching staff. He was drafted into professional baseball by the Cincinnati Reds and came home in 2012 to play for the Dayton Dragons.
The tradition of baseball excellence continues at Sinclair. The 2014-15 team went 50-11 last season, winning the conference championship for the sixth time in seven years and finishing runner-up in the regionals.
The Tartan tradition of helping others continues as well. Each fall will bring a new and unique group of players to CBC. Dan Jensen’s testimony always gives their coach a strong arm in the bullpen when he makes his pitch for helping save lives.
For more information on giving blood or becoming a donor, visit the Community Blood Center’s website: http://givingblood.org/