NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma baseball team joined in the fight against childhood cancer, Thursday, April 3, when they hosted a “Shave for the Brave” event at L. Dale Mitchell Park after practice.
Shave for the Brave will work with the Vs. Cancer Foundation, which was founded by former University of North Carolina baseball player, Chase Jones who 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.
On Thursday, members of the Oklahoma baseball team including head coach Pete Hughes, shaved their heads while raising funds for research awareness.
“Anytime you can get college-age kids to step outside of their world and think about other people and bigger causes and then go out and raise almost $30,000 says a lot about the character of our team and the guys,” stated Hughes. “That’s the number two thing we get out of this.
“Number one, most importantly, is raising money for childhood cancer. I’ve got fie healthy kids and my wife and I consider ourselves very lucky. There are 160,000 families that aren’t that lucky, annually. For our guys, to be a part of it, to try to get that number down and to take pride and going out and hustling up the money is unselfish, character building and it was a great night for our program.”
The event has raised over $26,000 with the half the proceeds benefiting national childhood cancer research, while the other half will help kids directly at the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital.
Donations can still be made through Vs. Cancer by following the link HERE.
Out of 120 teams, programs and universities participating in Vs. Cancer’s 2014 fundraising efforts, the Sooners ended the day ranked first at $26,407.
The Vs. Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of children by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts.
Thursday’s Shave for the Brave is a part of the University of Oklahoma baseball team’s community service program, called 19 Ways. The program, which was developed by Hughes, is aimed at trying to make an impact in the Norman community in 19 different charitable ways.
The Sooners have taken on 14 community service projects in the 2013-14 academic year, including a Halloween/ALS Awareness game played in costume at the end of October to raise money for Strikeout ALS, which was founded by Hughes’ former Boston College player Pete Frates.