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Major League Baseball Goes Blue on Father's Day with Prostate Cancer Foundation for "Home Run Challenge"06/18/2009 1:29 PM ET
Major League Baseball will again team up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to increase awareness and early detection of prostate cancer this Father's Day. In an effort to emphasize the impact of a disease that strikes 1 out of every 6 American men, all Major League Baseball games played on Sunday, June 21, will communicate invaluable health information regarding the disease and raise funds towards the search for a cure.
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.
"Major League Baseball is pleased to support the efforts of the Prostate Cancer Foundation through the Home Run Challenge to help generate increased awareness for prostate cancer and the urgent need to find a cure," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Prostate cancer has affected many members of the Major League Baseball family, and we hope to draw attention to this disease as we reach out to our players, fans and communities to support the search for a cure."
One of the key components of the Father's Day initiative is the "Home Run Challenge," a program supported by all 30 Clubs and their players. Now in its 13th year, fans are able to make monetary donations to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at www.pcf.org for each home run hit during MLB games from June 11 - June 21, including all games played on Father's Day. Major League Baseball Charities has committed $50,000 to PCF as part of the "Home Run Challenge" program.
Each Major League Club has at least one player representative who is publicly supporting the "Home Run Challenge." Since its inception, this initiative has raised more than $31 million toward prostate cancer research. Money raised through the "Home Run Challenge" goes directly toward prostate cancer research. MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, will support the Father's Day program with content featuring Major League Baseball players and their fathers. Major League Baseball will run a full-page ad in USA Today in honor of Father's Day and to promote prostate cancer awareness.
In support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, MLB Network will air a Father's Day-themed promo clip featuring MLB players and highlight the Father's Day initiatives within its daily highlight show Quick Pitch on Sunday, June 21.
Prostate cancer strikes 1 out of every 6 American men. In 2009, it is projected that 192,000 new cases will be diagnosed and more than 27,000 American men will die from the disease.
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