06/15/2004 3:21 PM ET
Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Trust join together for Home Run Challenge to support prostate cancer research
This Father's Day (June 20) Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Trust will join together to support prostate cancer research and awareness. Major League players, managers, coaches, umpires, trainers, equipment managers, groundskeepers, Major League Baseball officials and Club personnel will show their support for prostate cancer research and awareness by wearing the color blue, which has come to symbolize the fight against prostate cancer.
All Clubs playing at home on June 20 will feature a special MLB/Father's Day blue ribbon logo on batting helmets, ceremonial home plates, ceremonial pitching rubbers, lineup cards and on the sides of the bases. The MLB/Father's Day blue ribbon logo also will be painted in the foul territory area around home plate. In addition, fans attending games on Father's Day will receive a brochure about prostate cancer awareness courtesy of MLB.
"As we have seen all too often in our Major League Baseball family, prostate cancer is an illness that can strike any man," said Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business for Major League Baseball. "We are hopeful that our ongoing relationship with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the visibility provided by the Home Run Challenge will generate increased awareness about this disease and the urgent need to find a cure."
Now in its ninth year, the Home Run Challenge is a program supported by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Trust, all 30 Clubs and the players. During the Home Run Challenge, which takes place during the ten days leading up to and including Father's Day (June 11-20), fans can make a monetary pledge for each home run hit during 60 select Major League Baseball games, including all games played on Father's Day. All money raised through the Home Run Challenge goes directly to prostate cancer research.
"One in six men is at a lifetime risk of getting prostate cancer and many in our baseball family have been affected," said Joe Torre New York Yankees manager. "Finding a cure for prostate cancer is a cause that concerns us all. I'm thrilled to once again be part of this important program that strives to strike out this deadly disease."
The 2004 Home Run Challenge player co-chairs include: Carlos Delgado, Jason Giambi, Doug Glanville, Brian L. Hunter, Corey Koskie, Scott Rolen, Tim Salmon, Mike Sweeney, Jim Thome, Robin Ventura, Fernando Vina and Dan Wilson. Felipe Alou, Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Bob Brenly, Bobby Cox, Ron Gardenhire, Art Howe, Tony La Russa, Lloyd McClendon, Lou Pinella, Mike Scioscia, Joe Torre, Jim Tracy and Jimy Williams serve as lead managers.
"As sons and fathers, all Major League Baseball players have a personal interest in getting involved to support the efforts of the Prostate Cancer Foundation," said Carlos Delgado of the Toronto Blue Jays. "Over the years, the Home Run Challenge has helped Major Leaguers take an active role raising the awareness of prostate cancer. And, most importantly, through the overwhelming support of baseball fans across North America, we may one day find a cure for this terrible disease."
The prostate cancer initiative is one of several health initiatives supported by Major League Baseball. Other projects include working with the Big Bam! Foundation to educate women about breast cancer as part of Major League Baseball Mother's Day activities and Play Smart When it Comes to the Sun, a league-wide, season-long skin cancer awareness program in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the American Academy of Dermatology.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (formerly CaP CURE), was founded in 1993 by Michael Milken following his diagnosis with advanced prostate cancer. The Foundation works to rapidly identify and provide funding for promising prostate cancer research. They are committed to attracting leading scientists to the field of prostate cancer research and to fostering collaboration among physicians and scientists working on a cure for the disease. Over the past eight years, the Home Run Challenge has raised nearly $27 million.