Minor League Baseball’s Hope At Bat Campaign Raises $50,000 for the American Cancer Society
2023 Campaign raised $9,960 on Sunday
Sept. 5, 2023 — Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced that the annual “Hope At Bat” campaign raised $50,000 during the 2023 season in support of the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The “Hope At Bat” program – a fundraising and awareness campaign in support of cancer research – was made up of four dates across the 2023 MiLB season, where on-field performance by players generated donations to the ACS.
On Mother’s Day (May 14), MiLB pitchers struck out 1,101 batters, generating an $11,010 donation to the ACS ($10 per strikeout). On Father’s Day (June 18), MiLB batters hit 129 home runs, raising $12,900 ($100 per home run). On the Fourth of July, MiLB batters hit 203 doubles, raising $10,150 ($50 per double). On Sunday, MiLB teams scored 664 runs, creating a $9,960 donation ($15 per run scored).
With the totals for the four dates reaching $44,020, MiLB added a $5,980 donation in the name of the Durham Bulls, the team that raised the most amount of money over the four dates, to make the donation reach $50,000.
“On behalf of Minor League Baseball and our 120 teams, it is our honor to present this donation to the American Cancer Society to help in their fight against all forms of cancer,” said April Brown, MLB’s Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility. “Our partnership with the ACS through the Hope At Bat campaign is a very rewarding one for MiLB as we strive to make a positive impact in our communities.”
Throughout the 2023 season, the ACS honored and recognized cancer survivors and caregivers by having them participate in ceremonial first pitch events and fans and players had the opportunity to create “I Go To Bat For….” cards as part of in-game tributes to those who are currently battling, or have previously battled cancer.
“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Minor League Baseball for their generous support of the American Cancer Society,” said Sheri Barros, Vice President of Sports Alliances for the American Cancer Society. “Together, we’re striking out cancer, bringing hope to countless lives and being a true game-changer in the fight against cancer.”
For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been improving the lives of people with cancer and their families as the only organization combating cancer through advocacy, research, and patient support. To learn more, visit cancer.org.
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