LEC Baseball Teams Raise Awareness About Prostate Cancer

April 29, 2010

by Jim Mullins

(Dartmouth, MA) - On Saturday, May 1, the UMass Dartmouth baseball team will join with the rest of the eight-team Little East Conference to raise public awareness for one of the most important men's health issues today - prostate cancer.

"This is a very important issue for men, so the LEC baseball coaches have teamed up on this public-awareness program with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to make people aware of the issue," said Corsair Head Baseball Coach Bob Curran. "Our athletes are very fortunate to have the ability to play baseball at a very high level, but they are no different than men of any other age group. They need to be aware of the issues surrounding prostate cancer. I'm happy my team will be helping make people aware of how prevalent prostate cancer is in our country."

UMass Dartmouth will play host to Eastern Connecticut State at 12 noon in an important LEC baseball doubleheader on the Dartmouth campus, part of a four-game schedule in the conference on Saturday. Other LEC games where the Prostate Cancer Awareness events will be taking place include Southern Maine at Keene State, Western Connecticut State at Rhode Island College and UMass Boston at Plymouth State.

Each player in the four LEC games will wear a blue ribbon on their uniform created by volunteers at the Payson Cancer Center located at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire. Blue will be the color of the day with host schools painting the bases blue for this special occasion and players wearing blue wristbands as well.

Brendan Eygabroat, head baseball coach at UMass Boston, originally organized the event. He coordinated the activity with the other head baseball coaches the Little East Conference and developed the program. At four different game sites this weekend, literature about Prostate Cancer will be distributed to players and fans alike. Fundraising activities will also take place with funds to be donated to a prostate cancer cause at the conclusion of this weekend's activities.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation has two main sports programs, according to Brad Sondecker, Manager of Sports Programs for the Prostate Cancer Foundation located in Santa Monica, CA. The two programs are the Home Run Challenge with Major League Baseball and Arnie's Army Battles Prostate Cancer with the PGA/Champions Tour.

The primary purpose of this event and other sports-related promotional events are to raise awareness among men about the important facts surrounding prostate cancer. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer within his lifetime, making it the most common non-skin cancer in America. The number of new prostate cancer cases has more than tripled in the past decade with more than 192,000 men diagnosed each year.

Founded in 1993 to find better treatments and a cure for recurrent prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation has funded more than 1,500 programs at nearly 200 research centers in 20 countries around the world. The PCF pursues its mission by reaching out to individuals, corporations and others to harness society's resources - financial and human - to fight this deadly disease.

For more information on the Prostate Cancer Foundation go to: www.prostatecancerfoundation.org/

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