May 27, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the regular season wrapped up on JoAnne Graf Field Saturday, April 26, the Florida State softball team hosted its first “StrikeOut” Cancer game against North Carolina State. Partnering with the American Cancer Society and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the Seminoles raised over $2,000 in donations for cancer research as they swept the three-game series with the Wolfpack.
“It’s wonderful that so many people contributed to this great event,” Florida State head coach JoAnne Graf said. “For those who fight cancer every day, this day was dedicated to them.”
The FSU athletes and coaches donned specially made pink jerseys in game one of the Saturday doubleheader that were then auctioned off through inning three of game two. In addition, the first 100 fans that donated $10.00 or more received a unique pink Seminole softball t-shirt. Fans could also participate in a number of other raffles including their chance to win FSU softball prize packs and 2008 Florida State football tickets. Special guest, Wendy Rogers a Breast Cancer survivor and Florida State softball alum, was on-hand to throw out the first pitch and all survivors in attendance were given pink carnations.
“I’d like to personally thank the NFCA, the American Cancer Society and the schools participating in the “StrikeOut” Cancer program for their dedication to find a cure for cancer,” cancer survivor and Stanford University assistant coach Sara Pickering said. “I am living proof that the hard work and the dollars raised are improving cancer treatments.
“I truly believe that the effort and support put forth by so many has been a huge part of my survival, and I thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I ask and urge everyone to step up to the plate and do their part to find a cure for cancer.”
For more information on the “StrikeOut” Cancer program, visit www.nfca.org/cancer and to learn more about the American Cancer Society, log onto www.cancer.org.