MLB ramps up efforts for prostate cancer awareness/funding


The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink wants to take a “time out” to recognize the annual efforts made in the USA each year by Major League Baseball (MLB) to support prostate cancer awareness and help raise money for prostate cancer research.

This year Father’s Day will be on June 19. Supporting the mission of the Prostate Cancer Foundation is again a key item on the MLB Father’s Day agenda.  And MLB has just initiated competition called “My Dad, My MVP.” The contest (which can be found on the MLB web site) allows baseball fans to submit short stories about why their fathers, or father figures, or just someone they know, are extraordinary in their daily lives and why they want them to be the Father’s Day “MVP Dad” for their favorite major league team. Entries will be accepted until the submission period closes on June 1.

On Father’s Day itself, one winning “MVP Dad” from each club that’s playing at home will be invited to take part in pregame activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and receive blue MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game. For clubs that are playing away on Father’s Day, other home games in June will be selected to recognize contest winners.

Also in June this year, the annual MLB “Home Run Challenge” will return specifically to raise prostate cancer awareness and to raise money to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The “Home Run Challenge,” now in its 15th year will culminate on Father’s Day.From June 8 to June 19, for each home run hit during 60 selected MLB games (including all games played on Father’s Day) fans can make monetary donations and pledges to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at www,pcf.org or you can simply make a $10.00 donation by texting PCF to 20222. (Please be aware that message and data rates do apply.)

Money raised through the “Home Run Challenge” goes directly to prostate cancer research. In 2009, $2.7 million was raised to fight prostate cancer through the”Home Run Challenge,” and since its inception, the initiative has raised nearly $36 million for prostate cancer research.

This year MLB Charities has committed $50,000 to the Prostate Cancer Foundation as part of this program. At every “Home Run Challenge” game, on-field personnel, including players, managers, coaches, trainers, umpires and groundskeepers will wear blue wristbands and blue ribbon uniform decals symbolizing prostate cancer awareness. The blue ribbon logo also will appear on the official dugout lineup cards, which will be blue. And during all MLB games played on Father’s Day, the MLB will communicate information about prostate cancer.

For more information, see the full story by Mark Newman on MLB.com

3 Responses

  1. Will MLB be using blue bats this year?

  2. Well they will if Nick Swisher gets his way (according to the full story on MLB.com).

  3. I’ll be more impressed when the Women’s Tennis Association uses blue tennis racquets in a WTA tournament.

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