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Support Redbirds vs. Cancer And Be Entered To Win Prizes

May 1, 2013

Audio: Interview with Chase Jones of VS-Cancer 

NORMAL, Ill. - As announced earlier this spring season, the Illinois State baseball team will continue to help raising funds for cancer research by hosting Redbirds Vs. Cancer at Duffy Bass Field this Sunday, May 5, when the ‘Birds play Creighton at 1 p.m. A goal of $10,000 was set and the Redbirds recently reached its marker from its efforts and fan donations.

Last night during the ISU-Illinois Wesleyan game, the Redbirds Vs. Cancer donation goal of $10k was reached and surpassed, before the ‘Birds went on to earn its ninth-straight victory. This great accomplishment could not have been achieved without tireless promotion of the players and support of Redbird fans. This is something head coach Mark Kingston is completely aware of and congratulates all those who were involved.

“Our team is proud to announce we have passed our fundraising goal,” said Coach Kingston. “The players worked very hard to help this worthy cause, and should be proud that they are making a significant impact. With the team’s dedication and support from our fans who understand the importance of this cause, we’re glad to help the mission of the Vs. Cancer organization. ”

Even though the $10k goal has been met, the Illinois State baseball team will continue raising donations for Vs. Cancer through the end of the game Sunday, where the entire team will shave their heads in support of the cause. All fans who contribute to the fund will be entered into a drawing to win either two all-session passes to the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference tournament at Duffy Bass Field or a signed baseball by the entire Redbird baseball team.

Local salons Paul Mitchell Men’s Salon, Colorific Hair Salon and Hair Cuttery, are also raising funds to contribute to the cause as well as, will be serving as the official salons in charge of conducting the head shaving for the coaches and players at the event.

To donate, visit ISU’s team fundraising website and select ‘Start Fundraising.’

Any fan that has already donated money will also be entered into the drawing. For detailed instructions how to donate money online, please see below.

To become part of the cause and donate to Illinois State’s fundraising team, visit Illinois State’s webpage and proceed through the following steps: 1) Click on ‘Start Fundraising;’ 2) Fill in the information form; 3) Select ‘Join a Team’ (Illinoi State Baseball Team & Fans); 4) Click ‘Start Fundraising;’ 5) Make your donation!

The purpose of the event surrounding the game will be to raise funds for childhood cancer through the Vs. Cancer Foundation - a non-profit organization dedicated to saving kids’ lives by empowering athletes and communities with the hope to fund lifesaving childhood cancer efforts. Leading up to the event and throughout the game, the ISU baseball team will be raising money for the organization.

Admission is free for the entire baseball regular season at Duffy Bass Field. For postseason play, Illinois State will play host to the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championships. Session tickets will be sold for $30 from the Illinois State Athletics Tickets Office.

To purchase tickets for the tournament or to ask questions, please visit, or contact the Illinois State Athletics Tickets Office located at the North entrance of Redbird Arena at (309) 438-8000. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.