BLACKSBURG, Va. – Looking to step out of the box as it tries to step up its efforts in supporting the community, the Virginia Tech baseball team has launched into a new venture as one of its 19 Ways. The Hokies will be involved with the “19 Trades” of 19 Ways – a way to use social media, email and word of mouth to barter up to a greater item to benefit the community.
“The other day at the field, Coach Mason, Coach Kunigonis and I were discussing our 19 Ways program and the conversation turned toward the ‘red paperclip’ story – how one guy traded up from a red paper clip to a house,” assistant baseball coach Robert Woodard said.
“So, we thought why couldn’t we do something like that? And we figured a great jumping off item to begin the trading would be a signed Pat Mason baseball. We are all very excited to see where we can go from here and see exactly how high we can raise the ceiling – for a great cause.”
As the trades progress, the end result will dictate the final beneficiary of the final trade, but the outcome will certainly be donated to a recipient within the Blacksburg community. The target date to conclude the trade process is May 1, 2014.
If anyone is interested in bartering something for the current item listed below/pictured above (unless there is an exchange in process), please email coach Woodard at firstname.lastname@example.org. The coaching staff will be aggressively seeking barters and are expecting things to change rather quickly so don’t delay in contacting them.
Sept. 15 – Official ACC gameball signed by Pat Mason
Sept. 18 – barter with Daniel Bard, Chicago Cubs pitcher, currently in process
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