SPARTA, NJ- The baseball teams from Sparta High School and Hopatcong High School will dedicate their game on May 20 to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Their Bats Against Breast Cancer fundraiser will begin May 16 with students collecting donations during lunch period in the cafeteria at Sparta High School. The in-school collection will continue until May 20.
The fundraiser will extend to other sports hosting games at Sparta High School as well. There will be tables at most home games where donations can be made.
The Spartans and the Chiefs will wear pink supporting the many staff and family members who have been affected by breast cancer this year. Students and staff are also encouraged to participate in a "Pink Out", wearing pink of Tuesday, May 20. Seniors will also be recognized at the game that afternoon. There will be balloons, music and other elements to celebrate the seniors and the fundraising efforts.
One of the Bats Against Breast Cancer organizers, Guidance Counselor Tim Librizzi shares some information with the high school community to encourage support of this fundraising effort:
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.
- Approximately 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
- Approximately 233,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2014.
- In 2014, about 40,000 women will die from breast cancer.
A suggested admission donation of three dollars will be collected at the baseball game. All of the proceeds will be going to American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Research.