Baseball Hosts Third Annual ALS Awareness Game
May 1, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College baseball team will host the Third Annual ALS Awareness Game on Saturday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. against Pittsburgh in honor of former Eagle and current director of baseball operations Pete Frates.
Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in March 2012 at 27 years old. Since his diagnosis, Frates, along with his family and friends, have worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for the disease. A Beverly, Mass., native, he played in the outfield for the Maroon and Gold from 2004-07. A captain his senior year, he finished his BC career with 107 starts, a .228 average, 88 hits, 56 RBIs, 11 home runs and 34 stolen bases.
Prior to the start of the game against the Panthers, Frates' brother Andrew will be honored as he was awarded the North Shore Elder Services' Caregiver of the Year Award in November. He will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Four organizations that support ALS and the Frates family have been involved with - ALS Association of Massachusetts, the Angel Fund, ALS TDI and Compassionate Care ALS - will be on hand with information about the disease and ways to help the fight.
Strikeout ALS clothing and memorabilia will be sold during the game to benefit the Pete Frates #3 Fund, which was set up to help with medical care and expenses not covered by health insurances. During the game, fans can purchase raffle tickets to have the chance to win a four tickets to the Red Sox, along with a pre-game VIP tour. The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the four organizations at the game.
ALS Bracelets will also be sold for $1 with proceeds going to the ALS Association.
In each of the last two seasons, fans have broken the Shea Field attendance record at the annual ALS Awareness Game, showing support for a cause very close the BC community's heart.