Immediate Release –Sports
September 16, 2019
By: Mark Pompilio
DONATING IS 'NAME OF THE GAME' FOR SINCLAIR TARTAN PRIDE BASEBALL
DAYTON, Ohio - Success in spring baseball at Sinclair College begins in the fall. Coach Steve Dintaman gathers his new team and begins molding bodies, minds, and character with competitive practices and community service that includes the annual team donation at Community Blood Center.
The full squad of 40 players visited the Dayton CBC Donor Center Monday, Sept. 16. More than 30 registered to donate, helping the Donor Center reach 144 percent of goal for the day with 62 total donors and 21 first-time donors. Coach Dintaman was the lead-off hitter, notching his 43rd lifetime donation. He knows his guys are competitors, so he threw in the challenge of seeing who could complete their donation faster than his time. “Apparently, I got beat,” said Steve. “I was like six minutes, seven second. They were all asking what their time is.” Third baseman Mike Sears completed his donation one second faster. Coach Dintaman was not surprised. “That’s our All-American, on the field and in academics,” he said. “It’s a good community event,” said Mike, who first donated in the fall of 2018 during his freshman year visit with the team. “It’s nice to do something in the community and give back.”
Steve Dintaman is beginning his 13th season as coach of the Tartan Pride. His team went 51-10 in 2019, winning 50 games for the third time in school history. They again won the OCCAC conference, their ninth title in 11 seasons, and placed third in the Region. His teams have competed twice in the Junior College World Series and he’s been named conference coach of the year 11 times. “We’re practicing well, and we hope to compete nationally like we always do, and make another World Series appearance,” said Steve. “Academically we’re hoping for our fifth straight Academic All-American team with 100 percent graduation rate.” Dintaman preaches the “three C’s” of classroom, community and field of competition, and says, “You can’t get the third without the first two.”
His team will take part in multiple charity events, including the Sept. 26 Dayton Light The Night Walk for LLS. Coach Dintaman’s inspiration to become a donor and bring his team to CBC dates to his first year as head coach in 2007.
A new player, pitcher Dan Jensen from Centerville, nearly bled to death twice due to complications during tonsillectomy surgery. Dan survived thanks to multiple blood transfusions. As Sinclair’s ace pitcher he became an advocate for blood donations. He went on to play for the University of Cincinnati and the Dayton Dragons. Every year brings a new roster full of rookies, but there are always players who like their coach, set an example to teammates. Pitcher Tyler Wynkoop from Huber Heights is a first-year player who made his sixth lifetime donation during the Sept. 16 team visit. His first five donations were at Wayne High School. “I’m a biology, pre-med major,” said Tyler. “Saving lives is kind of the name of the game.”
His team has now completed 11 trips to the Dayton CBC to donate together. CBC can always count on them coming back.
Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org
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Blood donation requirements: Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds (you may have to weigh more, depending on your height), and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.
Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services® is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 25 hospitals and health centers within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit www.givingblood.org.