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
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