Rams Strikeout Cancer

October 10, 2017


Photo by: Michael Fulford

Fresno City College softball players and alumni played a charity fundraiser game to help the victims of breast cancer and to raise funds for the upcoming softball season.

The Fresno City College Rams softball team raised funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation on Oct. 7, at the softball field.

The “Alumni Strike Out Cancer” event put the players against former members of the team.

Even though no score was officially kept, the competition level was exceptionally high throughout the game as both teams showed glimpses of exceptional defense. Current players and the alumni ditched their traditional uniforms for specialty shirts that showcased the cause they were playing for. This was the fourth year that the Rams held this event.

The Susan G. Komen foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker as a promise to her late sister Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer in 1980. Since its inception, the foundation has established itself as the world’s largest nonprofit source for the fight against breast cancer.

“We hold this ‘Strike Out Cancer’ event the first Saturday of October each year during Breast Cancer Awareness month,” said Rhonda Williams, Rams head coach,. “We have had many of our alumni, players and coaches that have been affected by cancer.”

Pop up booths were set up outside of the field of play in which the proceeds were to be split between the Susan G. Komen fundraiser and the Rams softball team. Homemade food and T-shirts, identical to the ones players were wearing, were available for purchase.

“Over the last three years,” Williams said, “we have raised a little over $2,500 to donate to the Susan G. Komen foundations.”

Last year, the Rams had an overall record of 22-18, finishing fourth in the Central Valley Conference with a record of 13-8. The team will be looking to build on their success from last year by infusing some offensive firepower to the team.

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