The challenge for the baseball team this academic year is to find 19 ways to make a difference. The "19 Ways" program is the product of Hughes’ inspiration, who wears No. 19 for the Hokies.

"To whom much is given, much is expected," said Virginia Tech head baseball coach Pete Hughes. "We are expected to take part on 19 different occasions to have a positive effect on someone or some organization during this school year."

The number 19 was the favorite number of Coach Hughes’ mother, the late Alice Hughes. "My mother spent a lifetime helping everyone, everyday and specifically the elderly and the ill," added Hughes. "She was the ultimate helper."

Coach Hughes is encouraging members of the community to send suggestions on how the Hokie baseball team can help individuals or organizations. Suggestions may be sent via email to

Previous 19 Ways:
2010-11 Season

Herma's Readers Book Collection
September 17, 2011
Virginia Tech Football vs. Arkansas State :: View Photo
Virginia Tech Cross Country and Track & Field Shoe Drive
September 24, 2011
Collected and donated shoes to benefit the Soles 4 Souls charity :: View Photo
Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Bracelet Sales
October 8, 2011
Virginia Tech Football vs. Miami :: View Photo
Special Olympics - A Taste of Inspiration
October 12, 2011 :: Hokie baseball players assisted in the set up, break down and the event itself. Taste of Inspiration is a terrific annual event for an even better cause. View Photo
Christiansburg Primary "Reading with the Athletes"
October 17th
Read books to K-2 students to get them excited about reading. View Photo
Shave For The Brave
October 28, 2011
English Field
More information and/or to make donations
Hokie Night Open House
November 12, 2011
Welcoming guests and leading tours through Lane Stadium. View Photo
Malia Crushes Cancer
November 17, 2011
Sold wristbands and raised $1,101 for Malia Jusczyk's fight with childhood cancer. More can be read about her story here
Micah's Backpack
Season Long
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Margaret Beeks Elementary School Hokie Night
February 21, 2012
Visited with elementary school students and talked with them about baseball.
Prevention of Bullying Campaign
March 12, 2012
Spoke to the students of Belle Heth Elementary School about ways to prevent bullying. View Photo
ALS Awareness - Pete Frates
April 6, 2012
Teamed up with Boston College to wear shirts with the ALS logo on the front and Pete Frates, a former Boston College player recently diagnosed with ALS, name and number on the back.
Corps of Cadets VPI Jersey Auction
April 2012
All proceeds of the auction were donated to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Each jersey had the name of a Corps alumni on the back. View Photo
Baseball Day with the Blacksburg New School First Graders
April 11, 2012
Blacksburg New School's first grade class enjoyed a fun afternoon learning about baseball and visiting English Field. View Photo
Actively Caring For People
May 3, 2012
Members of the team visiting the 7th graders at Christiansburg Middle School as part of the Actively Caring For People Organization's quest to promote caring and kindness amongst their classmates.
Lunch With Levi
May 3, 2012
Coach Hughes and members of the team visited with Levi Mayo, an adopted member of the program. Levi was diagnosed with medulloblastoma in September 2004 and has been beating it ever since. More can be read about him here. View Photo