NEW YORK, NY (Tuesday, September 2, 2014) … Today Major League baseball players will stand together as one and do their collective-best to “strikeout cancer,” when they host a player-led initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related charities across the United States.
“Strikeout Cancer Day” is an extension to an ongoing initiative spearheaded by St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher, Jason Motte. Today, Players throughout the league will wear K Cancer t-shirts emblazoned with a large, backward K (the notation for a strikeout “looking” in baseball scoring) in colors representative of their team cities. Each team will be supporting a different cancer-based charitable organization, selected at the suggestion of one Player representative on behalf of that team.
By wearing their K Cancer shirts on the way to the ballpark, in the clubhouse, in the batting cage, or after the game, the Players hope their support for each other and their fans will bring attention to this initiative and encourage others to do what they can to “strikeout cancer.”
Fans who have purchased K Cancer shirts are encouraged to wear them today. Fans can support this initiative by purchasing K Cancer shirts at www.108stitches.com.
Proceeds from every K Cancer T-shirt sold are split between the Jason Motte Foundation and the charity selected by the Player representative, who in many cases has a personal attachment to the charity because of someone he knows who has or had cancer. In addition, the MLBPA will contribute its customary licensing fee to the brain tumor program at Columbia University Medical Center in memory of Michael Weiner, the former MLBPA executive director who passed away last November after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.