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Southeastern's baseball team demonstrates support for fight against pediatric cancer
Thursday, April 17
Southeastern's baseball team recently defeated the Incarnate Word Cardinals 5-4 in walk-off fashion at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. But the exciting, bottom-of-the-ninth slide into home wasn't the only victory at The Pat that day.
After the game, Lions players, coaches and athletic staff members demonstrated their support for the Vs. Cancer Foundation by removing their ball caps and shaving their heads in front of the home crowd. Armed with electric razors, four stylists from a local salon gathered at home plate to shave the heads of nearly every member of the team.
Southeastern's baseball team has been raising money and awareness during the 2014 season to support the non-profit organization dedicated to assisting families in their fight against pediatric cancer. To date, the Lions have raised nearly $6,000 for the cause.
"This shows that we're united in a cause, not just united on the baseball field," said Lions pitching coach Daniel Latham. "We've got some great young men who want to help those in their community as well as play baseball, and an event like this gives them a chance to do so."
Even the game's guest of honor, Samantha Smith, was able to join in the fun. Smith, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009, has been in remission for almost five years. She threw out the ceremonial first pitch and served as guest announcer for an inning during the game.
Half of the money raised by the team will be designated for national childhood cancer research, while the other half will be donated to local cancer facility Ochsner Cancer Institute in New Orleans.
Read the full press release by Southeastern Athletic Media Relations.