KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee baseball team may have come out on the losing end of Saturday’s game against South Carolina, but the Volunteers still are scoring big off the field.
They have raised nearly $3,000 for the Vs. Cancer Foundation.
The baseball team, which joined forces with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to help fight childhood cancer, held a head-shaving event on Thursday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Freshman right-hander and former Dobyns-Bennett High School standout Aaron Quillen gave fans an exclusive look at the event in Episode 7 of “This Week in Tennessee Baseball.”
To help support the Vols and their fight against cancer, fans are encouraged to make donations online at Tennessee.vs-cancer.org. Half the money raised will be donated to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and the other half will go to support cancer research nationwide.
Donations are nearing $3,000 and will continue to be accepted throughout the season.
“I am very proud to have our team and program involved in the fight against cancer,” Tennessee coach Dave Serrano said. “It is a horrible disease that affects the lives of too many families, including my own, and it is a great privilege to be able to do our part in standing up to prevent it from affecting others. If our team’s involvement can make a positive difference in even one person’s life, I would see that as a tremendous victory.”
The Vs. Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving kids’ lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. It was founded by former North Carolina baseball player Chase Jones, who survived brain cancer. Jones was on hand for Thursday’s event. For more information about the foundation, visit vs-cancer.org.