Nov. 14, 2007
HOUSTON - A benefit for University of Houston baseball player David Murphy will be held this weekend in Beaumont.
Murphy, a freshman infielder out of West Brook High, was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia in early September and has been undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy, since that time at Texas Children's Hospital.
Despite his illness and treatment, Murphy has regularly worked out with his Cougar teammates over the last month and a half during fall practice and blasted a home run in a recent intrasquad scrimmage.
"Strike Out Leukemia" will be held at the SETX Baseball Academy, located at the Ford Park Baseball Fields on Interstate 10 between the Brooks and Major exits in Beaumont. The event features a camp, silent auction and All-Star/Participant Exhibition Game.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the David Murphy Leukemia Benefit Fund with a portion being donated to the Leukemia Society in his name.
Players from the age of 7 to 18 years can join the camp by paying $75. For teams of nine or more players, the entry fee will be reduced to $60 per player. The first 150 players to sign up and pay are guaranteed a spot.
Camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and will continue to 9:45 a.m.
All campers will receive a t-shirt and lunch. Campers are asked to bring tennis shoes and their own baseball equipment. Metal spikes will not be allowed.
At 3 p.m., campers from the age of 14 to 18 years old may compete in the All-Star/Camp Participant Exhibition game. Fans who are not taking part in the camp may watch the Exhibition Game for only $10.
The All-Star roster features several current Major and minor league players, including Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds), Jason Tyner (Minnesota Twins), Derrick Gordon (Oakland A's), Clay Buccholz (Boston Red Sox), Koby Clemens (Houston Astros), Aaron Thompson (Florida Marlins) and David Huggins (formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays).
College coaches from throughout southeast Texas also are scheduled to compete.
Fans can bid on a variety of items in the silent auction, which begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m.. Items up for bid include a golf outing with seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, signed jerseys from New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis and a basketball signed by members of the Houston Rockets.
Winners of the silent auction will be announced during the Exhibition Game.
Fans who are unable to attend the camp or the Exhibition Game can mail donations to Kristi Fuselier with the David Murphy Leukemia Benefit Fund at 8750 Phelan, Beaumont, TX 77706.
Under NCAA rules, fans are not allowed to donate money directly to David Murphy or the Murphy family.
For more information, fans can call Fuselier at (409) 617-5534 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.