Baseball Goes Bald for a Cause
|Shave for the Brave|
|Vs. Cancer Foundation||Info|
|Raised So Far||$25,841|
|Team Ranking||1 of 63|
NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma baseball team has embraced the 19 Ways community service project installed by head coach Pete Hughes upon his arrival in Norman in 2013. The Sooners are regularly out in the community aiming to make an impact around the university and the OKC area. For the past two seasons, that impact has been felt the greatest by children with cancer.
OU baseball teamed up with the Vs. Cancer Foundation for the second straight season to raise awareness and money to fight childhood cancer. In two season, the Sooners have helped raise over $54,000, including over $25,000 this year. That money, which is split between Vs. Cancer and OU Children's Hospital, has already been put to work in an effort to improve the lives and chances of living for children with cancer admitted to OU Children's.
"It speaks a lot about our kids, understanding the big picture and caring more about just themselves," stated Hughes. "They’re getting out there and making a difference; raising over $25,000 this year. We had almost $30,000 last year. It’s pretty awesome. It’s going a long way too. They speak with their actions by going to OU Children’s Hospital. We’re in there a bunch. It makes you feel good to be around a group of guys that understand the big picture."
Wednesday after practice, the Sooners took part in their second annual "Shave for the Brave". Along with their fundraising efforts, each player and coach had their head shaved to show their support for the children that don't have a choice but to lose their hair when battling cancer.
"Shave for the Brave is exciting," offered sophomore shortstop Sheldon Neuse. "Anything that we can do to help raise awareness for kids that are in an unfortunate situation, it’s awesome to be a part of. Last year, I was kind of iffy about it. I didn’t know what I was going to do or how it was going to affect me and it affected me in a greater way than I thought it could. It’s awesome to go out there and raise awareness and money for these kids."
The Sooners were visited this year by Chase Jones, the founder of the Vs. Cancer Foundation, who had a chance to tour the OU Children's Hospital on Wednesday afternoon and see the Sooners' efforts at work. Jones, a former University of North Carolina baseball player was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer as a college freshman at the age of 18. Since beating cancer, Jones has worked with multiple childhood cancer organizations before establishing the Vs. Cancer Foundation in 2012.