MIAC announces Strike Out Prostate Cancer week initiative and events



ST. PAUL, Minn. -- For the second consecutive season, MIAC baseball teams have joined forces with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) in an effort to "Strike Out Prostate Cancer." For the week of April 16-22, 2012, all MIAC baseball games will double as events to raise funds and awareness to combat prostate cancer.

The two primary goals of Strike Out Prostate Cancer week are to raise money to benefit the PCF and its work to discover a cure for the disease, and to raise awareness off the affliction - particularly in males ages 18-to-30 - to encourage them to be aware of the disease and how to detect it as early as possible.

All proceeds raised at MIAC baseball games throughout the week will be donated to the PCF, so all fans who purchase tickets or pay admission to any conference game this week will be simultaneously supporting MIAC baseball and contributing to the Strike Out Prostate Cancer initiative. Donations will also be accepted at all games.

The two main dates to circle on the calendar are Wednesday and Saturday, with a full slate of conference doubleheaders each day. All the Wednesday twin bills start at 2:30 p.m., except Gustavus at Concordia's 1 p.m. start, and all of Saturday's doubleheaders are scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch. MIAC teams also host nonconference games Tuesday and Wednesday. Click here for the MIAC baseball composite schedule for all dates, times and locations. Either scroll down to this week to view, or sort using this week's dates in the fields above the schedule. Also, all conference doubleheaders are listed below.

Second, anyone can contribute to the MIAC's fundraising effort to benefit the PCF through an online donation site. Click here to access the site and click on "General Team Donation" near the middle of the screen to get started. Enter your donation amount in the box that appears and click, "Continue," complete the form on the following page and click, "Submit." The PCF is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. A receipt will be sent by E-mail. All donations of $250 or more will also receive a letter acknowledging the donation.

Another way the MIAC community can help with this noble effort is to help spread the word. Share the information and links with friends, family and alumni and join the conversation on the MIAC's social media networks. Post on the MIAC's Facebook page, or tag @MIAConline on Twitter and share how you're contributing to Strike Out Prostate Cancer week.

The MIAC has set up a Web site (click here) to promote Strike Out Prostate Cancer week with information and links, and it will be updated throughout the week to help the conference teams promote the individual events on each campus.

For more information about prostate cancer and the PCF, click the links below. Also, click here to see the MIAC Minute segment for the April 8 episode of Game ON! which features Saint Mary's Assistant Baseball Coach Pat Jacobsen, the lead organizer of the Strike Out Prostate Cancer initiative, discussing the MIAC's collective efforts during the week.

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MIAC Strike Out Prostate Cancer Week - April 16-22, 2012

Tuesday, April 17 - MIAC doubleheaders
Gustavus at Concordia, Moorhead, Minn., 1 p.m.
Augsburg at Carleton, Northfield, Minn., 2:30 p.m.
Hamline at Saint John's, Collegeville, Minn., 2:30 p.m.
Saint Mary's at St. Olaf, Northfield, Minn., 2:30 p.m.
Macalester at St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21 - MIAC doubleheaders
Macalester at Concordia, Moorhead, Minn., 1 p.m.
Saint John's at Saint Mary's, Winona, Minn., 1 p.m.
Gustavus at Hamline, St. Paul, Minn., 1 p.m.
Carleton at St. Olaf, Northfield, Minn., 1 p.m.
Augsburg at Bethel, Arden Hills, Minn., 1 p.m.

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