Softball Team To Hold Annual Strikeout For The Cure Event Saturday Against UVA

April 8, 2010

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Softball team will hold its annual “Strikeout for the Cure” during this Saturday’s 1 p.m. doubleheader against Virginia at Mewborn Field. This is the third straight year the Yellow Jackets have partnered with the Atlanta Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in an effort to raise awareness and funds to help fight the cause of breast cancer.

Parents, fans, businesses and coworkers may pledge amounts for every strikeout Yellow Jacket pitchers record in both games of the doubleheader against Virginia. Flat donations will also be accepted and 100% of the money raised will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. There will be a table set up on the concourse near the third base gate at Mewborn Field to make a donation, pledge or purchase raffle tickets and special items.

“We’re proud to be supporting the fight for breast cancer,” head coach Sharon Perkins said. “So many people have either been affected or know someone that has been affected so it is important that we continue to create awareness and raise funds for the necessary research. I hope everyone can come out and support a great cause and realize that even the smallest of donations will go a long way to helping out.”

All of the players will be wearing pink uniform accessories for Saturday’s games including shirts, socks, wrist bands, visors and hats. All fans will receive a pink shaker when they enter Mewborn Field and pink shirts, hats and visors will be sold. There will also be a raffle going on throughout the day with items including a pink iPod, a pink autographed bat and a pink autographed ball. All of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the foundation is an international organization with a network of hundreds of thousands of volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation raises more than $275 million annually for the fight against breast cancer. For more information, call the National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I’M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273) or visit www.komen.org.

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