The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Vs. Cancer program is excited to welcome its inaugural class of Vs. Cancer Ambassadors. Comprised of current and former coaches, players and members of the press, Baseball Vs. Cancer Ambassadors represent the athletic community’s shared resolve to raise awareness and funds for a world without childhood brain tumors.
Pediatric brain cancer survivor, former collegiate baseball player and Vs. Cancer founder Chase Jones will serve as co-chair of the Baseball Vs. Cancer Ambassadors, alongside Greg DiCenzo, Baseball Head Coach at College of the Holy Cross. The Vs. Cancer Ambassadors program will expand in 2020 to include members from the lacrosse, softball, soccer and other athletic communities.
“The quality of coaching in our inaugural Vs. Cancer Ambassadors class is outstanding, but the quality of character is even greater,” says Vs. Cancer Director Rachel Mark. “In the battle against pediatric brain tumors, finding a cure is no small task – but with the continued efforts of this group, we’ll be able to support more children and families by increasing Vs. Cancer’s presence throughout collegiate baseball and athletics.”
Since 2013, Vs. Cancer has empowered thousands of athletes to help kids with cancer. As a signature fundraising campaign of the PBTF, Vs. Cancer proceeds help fund child life programs in local hospitals and groundbreaking research to cure pediatric brain tumors, the deadliest childhood cancer.
Vs. Cancer Ambassadors recognize firsthand the importance of supporting the childhood cancer community and the positive impact it has on their team. They will serve as a resource for other coaches and teams by answering questions about the program, sharing their inspiring success stories and working with athletic departments to spread Vs. Cancer’s mission and get more teams involved.
“Having joined forces with Vs. Cancer just a few years ago, I am so grateful to be part of such a committed, dedicated, loving, and passionate organization,” says Coach DiCenzo. “The program embodies everything that I wish and hope our players to become: resilient and selfless, caring more about others than they do themselves. I am so thankful to be included alongside such an esteemed group of coaches and I truly look forward to continuing to grow Vs. Cancer throughout this wonderful sport of college baseball!”