Senior baseball player Abel Oropeza has committed to play baseball at Norwich University. The Friars infielder shared, "I chose Norwich University because of their Corps of Cadets Program. It's an opportunity to be an Officer in the Military and learn to be the best leader I can be. Although I had several offers from other Division I and Division II programs, I knew once I stepped foot on the Norwich campus, it was where I wanted to go."
Oropeza, who plans to study Criminal Justice, went on to share, "I immediately fell in love with the baseball program. The coaching staff and the players on the team made me feel like I was already a part of their family. I know Norwich is where I can continue developing as a young man while also developing my leadership skills on and off the baseball field."
Oropeza is a four-year member of the Servite baseball program and is also involved in the Red Cross Club and Spikeball Club on campus.
Coach Gilbert shared, "We are proud of Abel and the opportunity for him to move on and pursue his passion of baseball and the military. He is a hard working young man that gives everything he has every day. We are proud of the hard work he has put in and the quality young man that he is."
Oropeza is among six seniors on the Friars' baseball team who have made college commitments and will be recognized during a signing day ceremony today.
Oropeza would like to thank his family saying, "I truly want to thank everyone who believed in me. My parents, family, friends, and coaches, who supported me through all the tough times. More importantly, my faith in God to always believe in myself."
Servite would like to congratulate Abel on this accomplishment and wish him the best as he prepares for college.