Today, Major League Baseball announced that they’re going to be launching the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest. This endeavor will shine a light on those who have been affected by breast cancer and displayed immense commitment to battling the horrific disease. And we at Dodgers Nation are happy to see this.
Basically, one fan per Major League club, ages 18 or older, will be able to share their stories about either loved ones who are going through the ordeal or themselves as they’re “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer.” You can visit HonoraryBatGirl.com for more details.
By going to the website, you will be entered in for a chance to go on the field and be recognized by the Dodgers prior to their game against the New York Mets on May 9th at Dodger Stadium. This is a truly wonderful event that those who are able to should definitely participate in.
Cancer has seemed to touch the lives of nearly every person these days, and each story is more touching than the last. Stories of hope, survival, and the will to never give up despite facing great odds. What the Dodgers and Major League Baseball are doing is truly inspiring and touching.
LOS ANGELES – Major League Baseball has launched the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which will recognize one fan per MLB Club who has been affected by breast cancer and has demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease.
Dodger fans, ages 18 and older, can share stories about themselves or loved ones who are “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” by visiting HonoraryBatGirl.com, powered by MLB Advanced Media, for a chance to be recognized on-field by the Dodgers on Monday, May 9 against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. Fans also are invited to visit the site to vote for these inspirational stories, which are designed to provide hope and motivation for the fight against breast cancer. Entries can be submitted by breast cancer survivors, friends and family, advocates and/or supporters of the cause through April 14 at 4:59 p.m. ET.
A panel of guest-judges, including Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir, will help select the winning submissions based on the following criteria: originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast cancer awareness and public appeal (as determined by online fan votes).
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is commemorated on Mother’s Day. In seven years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and millions of fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. The initiative raises awareness about breast cancer, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.
On every Mother’s Day since 2006, hundreds of MLB players use pink bats by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel have worn the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms as well as pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also have been pink and stamped with the pink ribbon logo. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other game-used gear from Mother’s Day games have been auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.
For more information, please visit HonoraryBatGirl.com.