April 28, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut softball program has designated Saturday, May 3 as its annual “Strike Out Cancer” day. The squad will host American Athletic Conference opponent Central Florida in doubleheader action on Saturday, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. UConn softball players will be fundraising individually leading up to the game. A silent auction will be held during the doubleheader and fans are encouraged to bid on such items as UConn apparel and signed memorabilia. All proceeds generated from the event will benefit the Looney Legacy Foundation.
The fight against cancer hits near and dear to the UConn softball program, as former assistant coach Peter Looney passed away from Melanoma in December of 2011. Looney first arrived at Connecticut in 1982, serving as an assistant pitching coach for the Huskies. Under his tutelage, UConn made eight NCAA Tournament appearances and captured seven Big East Championships. Looney served as an assistant coach to current UConn softball head coach Karen Mullins for 29 years before departing from the University in 2011 to oversee the softball program at his local high school.
In late August of 2011, Peter was diagnosed with stage four Melanoma and tragically passed away four months later. In the push to find a cure and promote awareness of the disease, Peter’s family formed the Looney Legacy Foundation with the goal of raising funds and disseminating information in the battle against cancer. To learn more about the Looney Legacy Foundation, follow THIS LINK to the organization’s website.
The Huskies will hold a silent auction during the doubleheader featuring UConn apparel and autographed memorabilia. Hot-ticket items will include various clothing items from Nike and autographed posters and basketballs from the 2014 national champion UConn basketball teams. Cash and checks will be accepted, with checks made out to The Looney Legacy Foundation.
In addition to the silent auction, members of the UConn softball team have been charged with raising money individually in the fundraising effort. Team members are accepting donations and encourage community members to consider making a contribution.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) provided the impetus to hold StrikeOut Cancer games over ten years ago and, in that time, the initiative has raised thousands of dollars to support the fight against cancer. In addition to fundraised dollars, this initiative has provided a platform to raise awareness for breast cancer as well as support for women's cancer research.
For more information on the StrikeOut Cancer program, visit www.NFCA.org/cancer.
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