March 14, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team will participate in its second annual "Pack The Pete in Pink" day on Saturday, March 23, when the Golden Eagles play host to Conference USA foe Rice in an effort to help raise breast cancer awareness. Game time is set for 2 p.m., at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Golden Eagle fans are asked to wear pink that day as a sign of support and pink spirit bracelets will be sold for $1 each at the game to help raise funds for the Pink Ribbon Fund, a local organization founded in 2003 by two Hattiesburg women.
The purpose of the Pink Ribbon Fund is to compassionately assist Pine Belt breast cancer patients with financial support for their diagnosis and treatment, as well as quality of life issues resulting from their illness. To date, the Pink Ribbon Fund has helped over 550 women in the 17-county area and has given away over $650,000 in grants.
"We were honored to be able to partner with the Pink Ribbon Fund during our intrasquad World Series last fall and are glad that we can have a special day again this spring to bring awareness to this health issue as well as help Pine Belt natives who are affected by breast cancer," said Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry.
In addition, there will be "Pack The Pete in Pink" t-shirts available through Elite Screenprinting for $12 each. Individuals can purchase the t-shirts online at www.usmtees.com or in person at Elite Screenprinting (200 N. 40th Ave., Suite 70) or at Pete Taylor Park during the entire Rice weekend series. T-shirt pick-up begins on Thursday, March 21, at the office of Elite Screenprinting. All proceeds will go to the Pink Ribbon Fund.
On that day, breast cancer survivors will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and Pink Ribbon Fund board member Wendy McMahon will sing the National Anthem. Those individuals who have battled breast cancer will also be recognized during the contest.
The entire weekend will be devoted to breast cancer awareness and Signs First is providing a banner for those individuals who have battled breast cancer or have a loved one who has battled breast cancer to sign in memory and or support of the current battle.
For more information on the Pink Ribbon Fund, go to PinkRibbonFund.org.