SPARTANBURG, S.C. – In honor of ALS Awareness Month, the Southern Conference baseball squads are banding together this weekend to promote ALS awareness through the Strike out ALS campaign.
ETSU is at The Citadel, Furman is at Samford, UNCG is at VMI and Wofford is at Western Carolina this weekend. Mercer is idle.
Each of the teams competing this weekend will be wearing wristbands in honor of the Strike out ALS cause and Pete Frates, a former baseball player at Boston College who was diagnosed with amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2012 at the age of 27. Since then, he has dedicated himself to raising awareness and funds to fight the disease. He was one of the driving forces behind the Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised more than $115 million for the ALS Association in the summer of 2014.
The home squads will also promote ALS awareness through other means. The Citadel, Samford and Western Carolina will have local ALS Association chapters represented at games this weekend. VMI and Western Carolina will have ceremonial first pitches thrown out by people who have lost loved ones to ALS.
At VMI, Amanda Conway will throw out the first pitch. Her husband, Tony, was a former Keydet soccer player and coach who succumbed to ALS in 2015. At Western Carolina, the first pitch will be thrown by Audrey LeClair, daughter of former Catamount player and coach Keith LeClair, who lost his battle with the disease in 2006.
For more information on ALS, including how to donate to help find a cure, visit the ALS Association's website at alsa.org and for more info on the Frates ALS Research and Support Fund, visit petefrates.com.