The Summit City Sluggers baseball program will team with the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research next Tuesday for the “Sluggers Day: Strikeout Breast Cancer” event.
The Sluggers' seven teams will play games against various opponents, beginning at 2 p.m. at Homestead High School and Summit Fields, capped by the showcase game, Sluggers 17U vs. La Margarita at 6:30 p.m. at Homestead.
“I had a real good friend at work who died from breast cancer about five years ago, so that was a leading role (in teaming up with Vera Bradley),” Sluggers founder Mark DeLaGarza said. “It's something that affects everybody in one way or another.
“We're not charging admission, but we are taking donations (to breast cancer research) and several of our sponsors have already stepped up to help.”
The event will include musical entertainment, guest speakers and several raffle giveaways and promotional activities. Before the start of the main event, the 17U game, the Sluggers will make a special presentation to honor all breast cancer survivors in attendance. Breast cancer survivors who can attend the event and would like to be honored, register at www.summitcitysluggers.com.
The event is sponsored by several business, with generous support from Oakland A's pitcher (and former Slugger) Jarrod Parker.
“We want to show we're about more than just developing winning baseball teams,” DeLaGarza said. “We want to make an impact on the community.”
The schedule for Tuesday's games:
2 p.m. Sluggers 13U Blue vs. Concordia Cadets
2 p.m. Sluggers 15U vs. Indiana Chargers
4 p.m. Sluggers 12U vs. Strike Zone
4 p.m. Sluggers 13U Gold vs. Huntington Bulldogs
4 p.m. Sluggers 14U vs. Wabash 14U
4 p.m. Sluggers 16U vs. Columbia City
6:30 p.m. Sluggers 17U vs. LaMargarita