March 22, 2009
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Softball team and the Atlanta Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation have partnered together in an effort to raise awareness and funds to help fight the cause of breast cancer. The Yellow Jackets will host the second annual “Strikeout for the Cure” during both games of Tuesday’s (March 24) non-conference doubleheader against Georgia Southern at Mewborn Field. Game one begins at 3 p.m. and gates will open at 1:30 p.m.
Parents, fans, businesses and coworkers may pledge amounts for every strikeout Yellow Jacket pitchers record against Georgia Southern. Flat donations will also be accepted and 100% of the money raised will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
“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 fans entering Mewborn field will receive a free pink pom-pom. In addition, pink hats and visors will be sold for $10. All Georgia Tech players will be wearing pink accessories with their uniforms including pink t-shirts under their jerseys and pink socks.
Pledges and donations for “Strikeout for the Cure” can be made by contacting Seth Gerard in the Georgia Tech Sports Information office at 404-894-5445 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations will be accepted at Mewborn Field throughout both games. All money raised by the Yellow Jackets goes directly to the Komen Foundation’s local affiliate in their community.
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 more than 75,000 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 has raised more than $1 Billion 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.