CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University softball team will host its annual Strike Out Cancer Games in association with the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Making Strides of Southern Vermont with a common goal of raising awareness and funding for cancer research. Castleton will dedicate its April 22 games versus Middlebury College to the cause.
The Spartans will sport pink uniforms for Monday's games as they continue their support of the "Losing Is Not an Option" movement. Created as a motto by the former Castleton University softball and men's soccer head coach, the late John Werner while he was battling cancer, it has since taken off, spreading across the country and world.
As part of the gameday festivities, the softball program will be selling t-shirts and accepting donations with precedes going directly to cancer research. There will also be "I Strike Out Cancer" placards for all in attendance to show their support. Similar to the "Stand Up To Cancer" campaign seen specifically through the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game, all in attendance will be able to stand and show support in a special ceremony.
Earlier this year, the Castleton women's ice hockey team hosted its annual Pink the Rink Game and recently delivered a $2,831 donation to the Foley Cancer Center in Rutland.
Castleton and Middlebury will take the field for a 3:30 p.m. start on Monday for a doubleheader. Prior to the start of the first game, the Spartans will have a ceremonial first pitch thrown by two Spartan mothers and cancer survivors
If you are interested in showing your support immediately, visit Southern Vermont Health Care's site and include "LINAO" in the tribute field on the form.