The Youngstown State baseball team will participate in the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer event in conjunction with the Go4theGoal Foundation to raise funds and awareness to combat childhood cancer at its game this Friday against Valparaiso at Eastwood Field.
Players and coaches for Youngstown State and Valparaiso will wear yellow shoelaces to raise awareness for childhood cancer. All money from admission tickets, as well as a portion of concessions sales, will be donated to the Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley. Donations will also be accepted.
To reward fans for supporting both the cause and the Penguins, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers will give away a Jim Tressel bobblehead or Scrappers t-shirts or other giveaway items to the first 100 fans.
Additionally, YSU's Team IMPACT player Jacob Sypert will throw out the first pitch at Friday's game. Sypert is a seventh grader from McDonald, Ohio, who is a cancer survivor. He and the Penguins have been partnered together as part of the Team IMPACT program for the last two season.
"I think is so important for our baseball team to have a chance to be involved with a great organization and a great cause like Go4theGoal and children's cancer," YSU head coach Dan Bertolini said. "Our Team IMPACT player Jacob Sypert has been affected by childhood cancer, and his mother approached me this fall about getting involved. I got a chance to meet with Karen from Go4theGoal in January and I couldn't be more excited about partnering with them."
For more information on Go4theGoal, visit go4thegoal.org.
First pitch on Friday is set for 2 p.m. in game one of the key three-game Horizon League series against the Crusaders.