The USC Upstate softball team will host its “Strikeout Cancer” game benefitting the American Cancer Society (ACS) Saturday when it plays host to North Florida for an A-Sun doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Cyrill Stadium.
“Strikeout Cancer” is a campaign initiated by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The campaign is designed to raise awareness and funding in the battle against the many different forms of cancer, as well as celebrating those who are winning the battle against the disease. All funds raised during Saturday’s event at Cyrill Stadium will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life programs in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties.
Upstate has a variety of activities planned for the day. The softball team has autographed a special pink softball provided by the NFCA and “Strikeout Cancer” which will be given to a lucky entrant in the contest drawing. Between games of the doubleheader there will be a pink tennis ball toss onto the field with the winner having the ball closest to the pitching rubber. Upstate softball t-shirts will also be given out to lucky winners throughout both games. The USC Upstate chapter of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will be on hand accepting donations.
Most importantly, Upstate will celebrate the success stories of those who are cancer survivors. Cancer survivors will be on the field prior to the start of the game with one survivor throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.