CASTLETON, Vt. – Joining the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center with the common goal of raising awareness and funding for cancer research, the Castleton University softball team will dedicate its April 17 game against Norwich University to the cause.
The Spartans will take the field wearing pink jerseys on Tuesday as they continue their support for 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.
Earlier in the year, on Jan. 9, the men's soccer and softball teams donated more than 40 homemade blankets to the Rutland Regional Medical Center's Foley Cancer Center and the Regional Cancer Center of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
As part of the gameday festivities, the softball team will be selling t-shirts with proceeds going to cancer research. The team will also have "I Strike Out Cancer" placards (pictured above) for all in attendance to show their support, similar to Major League Baseball's "Stand Up To Cancer" campaign.
Castleton and Norwich are scheduled to take the field at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 for a doubleheader. Prior to the start of the contest, the Spartans will have a ceremonial first pitch.
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.
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