Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Help Aggie Softball Take A Swing For Life

College teams have done a great job at raising awareness (and money) for cancer research, and the Aggie softball team is now lending its helping hands. If you're in town and looking for something to do, tomorrow's game is certainly a good cause.

Story from Texas A&M Media Relations

In its effort to help strike out breast cancer, the No. 24 Texas A&M softball team hosts its inaugural “Swing for Life” game on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. against Sam Houston State.

The Aggies will trade their traditional maroon and white jerseys for pink uniforms. The Aggie Softball Complex will be decorated in pink, including pink bases, pink foul lines and pink coaches’ boxes. In addition, fans are encouraged to join the A&M softball players in wearing pink to the game.

“I think the ‘Swing for Life’ game is a great opportunity for us to see firsthand how many women in our community are affected by breast cancer,” said head coach Jo Evans. “We are excited to do our part to create awareness and help raise money to aid in breast cancer prevention and research.”

As part of the event, breast cancer survivors are invited to come together and be acknowledged collectively on the field prior to the start of the game. Survivors will be treated to free admission for themselves and a guest, a pink T-shirt printed by the College Station Medical Center to the first 150 registered and a meet and greet with the A&M players and coaches at the conclusion of the game. Any additional family members of breast cancer survivors can purchase tickets for a reduced group rate of $3.

“Our focus with this event is awareness, so it is important to us that all of the women in the Bryan/College Station area that have been diagnosed with or have survived breast cancer come out and be honored prior to the start of the game,” said Evans. “We really want to make sure they are involved and are recognized.”

Fans also have the opportunity to bid on the pink game jerseys worn by the Aggies through a silent auction. The uniforms may be autographed if the purchaser chooses. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation’s breast cancer research program through Swing for Life.

The first 100 fans will receive pink breast cancer awareness wristbands. Other giveaways, including autographed softballs, will take place during the game.

For further information or if you are a breast cancer survivor who would like to be recognized on the field prior to first pitch, please contact Amy Norris at anorris@athletics.tamu.edu.

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