WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- Baseball is in full swing at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Their coach is Baseball Hall of Fame Gary Carter. "I love the game of baseball and I love to teach and I love to win, I hate to lose, I don't know of anybody who likes to lose."
But these days the team is doing more than focusing on winning.
Coach Carter has given them another challenge, to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Carter said, "I lost my mother to leukemia, which is a blood disorder cancer of the blood, and she was just 37 years old and I was just 12 at the time so I have been very much involved in giving back in whatever capacity as much as possible."
The challenge started when Mireille Aleman, an assistant professor at the university, spoke with the coach. Cancer personally touched her family.
"This particular 'Relay for Life' which is being held on April 16th is actually also the third year anniversary of my mother-in-law passing from colon cancer, so it has a special meaning personally because of her passing also because cancer is one of my all time passion," Aleman said.
So what is the challenge? If the players raise ten thousand dollars for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Carter and his assistants promise to wear pink jerseys and hats to the next game.
Carter says he is up to the challenge. "I am proud of what the Cancer Society is doing in order to raise the money and the players they are going to be receptive because they are going to follow what I say, it's just as simple as that."
Relay for Life at Palm Beach Atlantic University
Friday, April 16th-Saturday April 17th
6pm-12 noon at Rinker Green
West Palm Beach
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