April 7, 2014
From Georgetown Athletic Communications
BETHESDA, Md. – On Saturday, baseball took a back seat at Georgetown’s Shirley Povich Field, where the Hoyas were playing host to BIG EAST newcomer Xavier. Following the game, which Xavier took by an 8-2 score, members of the Georgetown baseball team shaved their heads in partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a childhood cancer charity that funds research to help kids diagnosed with cancer. The Foundation raises money primarily through head-shaving events. Volunteers, sponsored by family and friends, shave their heads in solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment. Last year, St. Baldrick's raised over $34 million dollars. Since 2000, St. Baldrick's Foundation volunteers have organized nearly 4,200 head-shaving events and shaved over 190,500 heads, raising over $118 million for life-saving childhood cancer research.
The Hoyas have been fundraising heavily for St. Baldrick’s since the beginning of February. While the final totals have not been tallied, as of Saturday evening, the team had raised nearly $46,000 making them the second-highest fundraising collegiate baseball team in St. Baldrick’s 14-year history.
Steve Anderson, the Hoyas’ senior first baseman and one of the team’s tri-captains, headed up the fundraising efforts through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Steve lost his mother when he was eight years old to multiple myeloma cancer. A portion of the funds raised will go to the Dana-Farber Institue in Boston where his mother received chemotherapy treatments and spent some of her final days.
At the team’s First Pitch Dinner on Feb. 8, when the fundraising efforts began, Steve pledged to neither shave nor cut his hair until the event on Saturday.
Prior to Saturday’s game, the Hoyas recognized four local kids who are all battling forms of childhood cancer. Abby Furco (7) Rylie Richards (8), Joshua Bluestein (age 14) and Joey Norris (16) all threw out ceremonial first pitches and were present as Anderson cut off his long hair and beard.