March 12, 2013
|2013 Striking Out Breast Cancer Game
Susan G. Komen For the Cure
|When||Thursday, March 14|
|Time||6:30 p.m. (Gates open at 4:30 p.m.)|
HOUSTON - The University of Houston softball program partnering with the Houston affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure will host the seventh annual Striking Out Breast Cancer Game at Cougar Softball Stadium this Thursday on March 14. The Cougars (13-7, 3-0) face Purdue (11-12) at 6:30 p.m. and the gates open at 4:30.
In what has grown into the largest home game of the year, the annual event's proceeds benefit the fight against breast cancer. All proceeds from the game go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation with an auction. Pink game-worn jerseys and helmets, an Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler & Elvin Hayes Autographed Ball, autographed track spike by Carl Lewis and more will be on the bidding block as well as assorted items donated to the Houston softball team. For any fans wishing to donate an item, please contact Tory Teykl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This game is something we started after we were recruiting a former student-athlete whose mother had the disease," said head coach Kyla Holas. "We wanted to do something to honor her. Now this keeps growing and growing and it has turned into the big event it is today. This is a great way to recognize the important women and survivors in our lives, and to show our girls that softball can be, and is, a lot more than wins and losses."
More festivities surrounding the event include a Kid's Zone, an autograph session following the game, free Chick Fil A coupons, and many in game promotions and prizes.
Annette Hiser, senior Holly Anderson's grandmother, will be throwing out the first pitch on Thursday. Hiser was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988 and had a lumpectomy with radiation that year. In 1991, she had a mastectomy. She has been in remission for 22 years.
Last year, Cougar Softball Stadium witnessed a record-breaking crowd of 1,785 attend the game and Houston donated over $11,000 to the foundation.
That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. As the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we're working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
For more information about the Komen foundation, visit their website at www.komen.org.