THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University baseball team is partnering with the Vs. Cancer Foundation this season to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. The fundraiser will last throughout the season, but the team will celebrate their efforts Friday in Game 1 against Stephen F. Austin at Ray E. Didier Field.
“We are honored to help a great cause. Our guys are excited to shave their hair off,” said Colonels head baseball coach Seth Thibodeaux. “We hope everyone that supports us can chip in to a great organization. We hope to raise some money for the Vs. Foundation. It’s a legit organization and was founded for all the right reasons. I really hope everyone that reads this can offer a small amount to fight childhood cancer in the name of Colonel Baseball.”
Gerald “Gee” Cassard, former Colonels assistant, current head baseball coach at Vandebilt Catholic High School, and cancer survivor, will throw out the first pitch in Friday’s contest.
In partnership with Vs. Cancer, fifty percent of the money raised will fund national brain tumor research efforts through the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, while the other half will go directly to the pediatric oncology unit at Oschner Medical Center.
Brant Masters, Director of Team Relations for the Vs. Cancer, played collegiate baseball at Furman University and participated with Vs. Cancer as a fundraiser before coming to work for Vs. Cancer full-time. “It is exciting to see the efforts of the baseball team making an immediate impact at Oschner. As college athletes, kids look up to them. They are not only helping local children who are fighting, but are also making a difference for the next child fighting through funding groundbreaking research. With the support of this incredible team, we are going to make a true difference in these children’s lives.”
Vs. Cancer was founded in 2012 by childhood brain tumor survivor Chase Jones, who was a collegiate baseball player at the University of North Carolina during the time of his diagnosis. The support of his teammates during treatment was his largest source of strength, which Vs. Cancer now provides to kids all across the U.S. by working with college athletic teams.
Vs. Cancer has worked with hundreds of athletes, teams and communities nationwide to fund the comprehensive spectrum of the pediatric cancer battle: from research initiatives across the country to healing programs within local children’s hospitals.