Saturday, June 2, 2018, after weathering storm threats all day, the Bowie Baysox were able to take the field for their annual Knock Cancer Out of the Park night alongside a half-dozen charities in the cancer community near Prince George’s Stadium, including our Play4TheCure team. This game marks the second stop of our Play4TheCure Summer Series.
The other cancer organizations in attendance included the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Bowie Health Center Foundation, National Pancreas Foundation, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, The Hope Foundation and the American Cancer Society. This provided fans with a great opportunity to see the many different ways organizations give back to the cancer community.
During pregame ceremonies, the Baysox invited members from the participating organizations and cancer survivors down to the field. Each representative spoke about either their survivorship or highlighted their organization’s work.
In the concourse we spoke with fans and workers about the research NFCR supports and ways to get involved. For our game entertainment, we took a spin at our own prize wheel, made popular by the Frederick Keys, another affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
Who do you Knock Cancer Out of the Park for?
We encouraged fans to fill out “I Knock Cancer Out of the Park for” signs. Anyone with a sign was invited to stand up for their loved ones affected by cancer after the 4th inning . Then, the Baysox showed the fans on the videoboard. Reminding us that cancer is a disease that affects so many of us. (Want to include a similar element to your game? We have free “I Play4” signs available to download on our fundraising tools page).
Keeping with the cheerfulness of the day, the Baysox were able to take home a win after an early-game lead.
Overall, the game was a great combination of awareness and acknowledgement for the survivors among us. Providing hope every day for a future without cancer.
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Next Stop: Potomac Nationals, June 15, 2018 at 7:05pm.
Summer Series fundraising total: $3,038