Scanlon goes to bat for health care workers

Oregon freshman Jack Scanlon is helping serve lunches to front line workers in his home state of New York.

Posted: May 16, 2020 8:27 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon catcher Jack Scanlon put up many great performances in his freshman season with the Ducks. 

“It was so exciting," Scanlon said. "I couldn’t wait to play.”

Scnalon was named a Pac-12 "Fab Freshman" by D1Baseball. He was also fourth on team in batting average hitting .293 with a pair of three-hit games.

However his best performance didn't come on the field. It came in his home state of New York. 

“Every week we will make over 150 sandwiches delivered on a Thursday to Good Samaritan Hospital," Scanlon said.

The meals come from the Scanlon family coffee shop, "The Village Blend," located in his hometown of Sloatsburg, which is less than hour drive from New York City, the coronavirus epicenter of the United States. Scanlon's grandmother and mother opened the cafe in 2018 and decided to use this time to give back to those in need. 

“My friends’ parents are doctors and they have to stay outside their house and live in an RV and stay socially distant so they don’t affect their family," Scanlon said.

Scanlon's aunt, who works as a nurse, also has to socially distance herself from her family. Scanlon says it's another reason this cause hits home.

“The day we delivered the order, it was funny, they asked, 'can you guys make another 100 sandwiches,'" Scanlon said.

Scanlon and his family have served more than 1,000 lunches, which doesn't include the numerous amounts of food they've donated to the local pantries. 

"As much as I can use my platform to help people that's what I'm going to do," Scanlon said. 

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