VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University softball team has once again showed the power of giving, raising an astounding $27,081 for the American Cancer Society over the past few weeks.
Despite the rain delays and schedule, the 11th year of the "Strikeout Cancer Game" proved to be one of the top turnouts ever. Originally scheduled for April 14, the event was postponed due to torrential rains.
"Its amazing to see the support this event has," explained Head Coach Brandon Elliott. "With the poor weather and the moving of the game, I was planning on raising just a fraction of what the total outcome was."
In reality, it was far from a fraction. The total was the second-highest raised in the history of the event, only eclipsed by last years $28,615. With the money raised this season, the Marlin softball program has now raised a total of $158,112 across the 11 years.
"Every time we put on this event I think we've hit the maximum number of donators," exclaimed Coach Elliott. " And every year we get more donations from all across the country. From parents, to professors, travel softball teams, to students. Heck, we even had a pair of young girls raising money with a lemonade stand!"
Money was raised a multitude of ways, from a silent auction (which included donations from businesses across Virginia Beach) to t-shirt sales, to just people donating, with %100 of the proceeds going to the ACS.
"It may not be prevelant, but Cancer took a big hit today and I can proudly say that this team, this University and this community all played a big part in that." Elliott added.
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