PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 7, 2014) – Rutgers baseball will once again run a fundraiser to benefit the Vs. Cancer Foundation, aiming to raise over $10,000. The Scarlet Knights will cap the initiative by shaving their heads after the May 4 game versus Temple at Bainton Field. Click here to donate to the efforts.
RU also supported the Vs. Cancer Foundation last season, raising over $13,500. Members of the team welcomed children battling cancer to a home game and the entire roster and coaches shaved their heads afterwards.
“As collegiate athletes, our team is given an opportunity to do something great on and off the field,” junior catcher and fundraiser leader Michael Zavala (Randolph, N.J.) said. “Last year, Jeff Melillo began working with the Vs. Cancer Foundation. Through the hard work of the team, and the generosity of the supporters, Rutgers baseball was able to donate over $13,500 to the Vs. Cancer Foundation. We are excited to be able to do this again.
“When I was younger, I looked up to NCAA athletes. Therefore, I understand how important it is to set a good example for young fans. This year, I would like to take advantage of the stage God has given me, and continue the tradition of Rutgers baseball giving back to its community.”
The Vs. Cancer Foundation is dedicated to empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. It is a non-profit organization, with half of the proceeds given to national research and half to local childhood cancer hospitals and other efforts. Click here for more information.
Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s was chosen as the local hospital to donate to last year, and will once again receive half of RU’s fundraising money. St. Peter’s received over $6,000 last year and a visit from the team to show support to the children being treated.
“St. Peter’s Children’s Hospital is within walking distance of the Rutgers campus,” Zavala said. “Therefore, supporting our local hospital, as well as the children receiving treatment, is very close to home for our team. On Sunday, May 4 we will be shaving our heads to show our support for these children. The children’s bravery is truly an inspiration to all, and Rutgers baseball would like to do all we can to help.”
The Scarlet Knights are one of a number of teams from across the country participating in the fundraiser for childhood cancer research.