September 12, 2008
Baseball Team to Play in Cuba
Samford’s baseball team will travel to Cuba next month to play against various all-star teams from the island nation. The Bulldogs will travel to Havana on October 17 for a four-day tour during Samford's Fall Break. The team will play up to four games and also have a day for sight-seeing in the capital. The four games will not count toward Samford's 56-game schedule during the 2009 season.
The trip, arranged by Texas-based World Link Ministries, was approved by the United States Treasury Department and is permitted by NCAA rules. "We've had a relationship with World Link Ministries in Cuba through one of our trustees, John Bell, for the past couple of years," Samford head coach Casey Dunn said. "We have sent used equipment down there for them to use as part of their ministries on the island.”
"This is an outstanding opportunity for Samford students in a fascinating part of the world," Samford president Dr. Andrew Westmoreland said. "It is a remarkable honor for our baseball team and coaching staff to represent our university and our community. I am certain that their presence in Cuba will reflect positively on Samford's mission."
Howard College’s football team played at the Havana National University in 1927 but the coming trip will be the first international trip of any kind for Samford’s baseball team.