ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team is collecting donations toward fighting childhood cancer and will use its next home game to help bring awareness to the fight against the disease.
The Bulldogs will play their first game at McCormick Field this year when they host Western Carolina on Wednesday, April 3, starting at 6 p.m.
Half of the donations will remain local through the Mission Foundation and Mission Cancer Center, and half will go to the Vs. Cancer Foundation.
In addition, the school will be collecting canned food for MANNA Food Bank. All fans are encouraged to bring canned food that will be picked up at the game.
Bulldog players will be allowing their heads to be shaved after the game to help show solidarity with young cancer patients. Carolina College of Hair Design and Ananda Salon will be assisting with the hair-cutting. Neil Hanks of Beverly Hanks has indicated that if his group can raise $2,500, he will match the gift and allow his head to be shaved at the game.
Asheville players will wear special yellow jerseys in the contest against the Catamounts. Those jerseys will be auctioned off after the game to help raise money. Donations will be collected at the game or can be made at http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise/team?ftid=20780.
Bulldog head coach Tom Smith is glad his team is a part of this project.
“We are very humbled to be a part of this fight against childhood cancer,” stated Smith. “This has been a learning and eye-opening experience for our players and our coaching staff. We know we are fortunate to be participating in college baseball, and we’re hopeful that we can use that to help raise more money and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer.”