– The Georgetown baseball team spent the weekend prior to Veteran's Day working with Dog Tag Bakery
, helping them prepare food for events that reached out to military veterans and their families. It was the first time the Hoyas has worked with Dog Tag Bakery in what is a promising relationship.
"Working with Dog Tag Bakery was a privilege," Georgetown senior infielder Ryan Weisenberg
said. "The team appreciates what they do for our veterans every single day, and we were glad to give them a helping hand. We are looking forward to volunteering again and giving back to our veterans in the coming years."
Dog Tag Inc. seeks to build a bridge to business employment and a productive civilian life for the veterans and military families that have served our country. They provide a transformative opportunity for service-disabled veterans, military spouses and caregivers through a five-month fellowship, offering an education at Georgetown University and real life work experience at the bakery.
Every year Dog Tag hosts events and fundraisers for military veterans and their families. Throughout the year, Georgetown professors teach veterans courses on business, finance and other skills to assist their reintegration into society. Dog Tag empowers veterans through education and offers a helping hand to both the veterans and their families.
The Hoyas worked with Shanel Adams, Dog Tag Bakery's community service coordinator, on several preparation tasks. On Saturday, Adams briefed the team on Dog Tag's mission, and prepped the team before getting to work. The Hoyas had stations that put together baskets of baked goods for Dog Tag's election day event. After baking brownies and cookies the Dog Tag way, the team packaged all of the baked goods and boxed them out for delivery.
On Sunday, the team returned and got their hands dirty in the kitchen. Shanel walked the guys through more cooking techniques, and the team spent the morning making several hundred bags of cornbread mix and other recipes for veterans. Veterans and gold star families received the baskets from the team, who showing their appreciation for their service and hard work following their deployments.
Not only did Georgetown baseball enjoy their days at Dog Tag Bakery working on behalf of veterans, the program started a relationship with a philanthropic organization that has sparked the interest of the Georgetown Athletics community. The sailing team has followed suit and coordinated future events with Dog Tag as well.