PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 30, 2013) – Rutgers baseball is nearing its goal of $10,000 raised for the Vs. Cancer Fundraiser with less than a week to go. The Scarlet Knights have currently brought in $9,055 and the entire team will be shaving their heads after this Sunday’s game at Bainton Field against Connecticut in support. Members of the athletic department are expected to attend the event.
“The fundraiser has been going great and everyone on the team has been on board since day one,” said senior catcher and fundraiser organizer Jeff Melillo (Annandale, N.J.). “It is exciting that everyone on the team is planning to shave their heads Sunday for an important cause.”
Closing in on its goal, RU is still looking for donations and/or support on or before May 5 to help raise awareness to pediatric cancer. To donate to the effort, click here.
The Vs. Cancer Foundation is dedicated to saving kid’s lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. It is a non-profit organization, with half of the proceeds given to national cancer research and half to local childhood cancer hospitals and other efforts. Click here for more information.
Melillo brought up the idea after being part of the “BaseBald” program with his summer team.
“After having the pleasure of meeting Chase Jones – the founder of the Vs. Cancer Foundation – this summer, my team was able to participate in this amazing event,” Melillo commented when launching the fundraiser. “It was a truly rewarding and eye-opening experience that not only raises money, but also awareness for an amazing cause. This entire Rutgers baseball team is eager to participate in and help out in any way possible.”
The Scarlet Knights are one of a number of teams from across the country participating in the fundraiser for childhood cancer research.