PHILADELPHIA – The colder temperatures are even a little colder for members of the University of Pennsylvania baseball team, after a number of players shaved their heads this past Saturday, in helping raise money for childhood cancer research.
The team is in its second year of working with the Vs. Cancer Foundation,and helping raise funds and awareness, for a cause that hits close to home with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia right next door to the Penn campus.
“I’m so happy we’re able to continue this outreach for the second year in a row,” said senior pitcher Ronnie Glenn, who spearheads the initiative for the team. “The guys on the team have been incredible with their passion for this cause.”
Members of the team visited CHOP this fall, and Glenn says they are in the process of setting up another visit for later this spring.
“Only a limited amount of guys are allowed to visit at a time, but the whole team has shown interest in visiting at some point,” said Glenn.
The team raised nearly $10,000 last season for the foundation, setting the same goal this year. At this point in the fundraising campaign, they've achieved close to half their goal.
Chase Jones, the founder of the Vs. Cancer Foundation, has even sent a video message to the team thanking them for their passion and efforts.
“Being involved with the Vs. Cancer Foundation and raising money for CHOP is the best way to start the season,” said Glenn. “Guys shaving their heads, being supportive, raising money, and being part of something bigger than ourselves – it’s a blessing.”
To learn more about the Penn baseball team’s efforts, or if you would like to make a contribution, please click here. The team will be continuing fundraising throughout the spring semester.
The Vs. Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 2012, dedicated to saving children’s lives by empowering athletes and communities to fund lifesaving cancer efforts. For more information on the foundation, please click here.