College baseball is in full swing, spring training has begun, and temperatures are FINALLY starting to rise. It’s baseball season, people. Doesn’t that just bring a smile to your face? Can’t you smell the freshly cut grass and ballpark hot dogs? Baseball season, there’s nothing like it.
Since 2014, Vs. Cancer has developed strong relationships with many Minor League Baseball teams, and we look to continue to maintain and grow those relationships for years to come. The opportunity to work with the next big name in baseball is always exciting, especially when working with them means getting closer to a cure for childhood cancer. But, it has been the hard-working front office staff of MiLB teams who have truly led the Vs. Cancer charge in the pros. In between tarp pulls, extra innings, and pocket schedule distribution, our MiLB partners are fighting alongside us to end pediatric cancer.
With up to 70 games a year, along with other events and full schedules, we can’t thank our MiLB supporters enough for all they do. Over the past 4 years, we are thrilled to say that our minor league partners have raised $100,000 in the fight against pediatric cancer! We know how important it is to our teams that they make a local impact with their fundraising, so we love that half of the funds they collect go directly to the children’s hospital of their choosing!
The creativity that pours out of MiLB teams is more than impressive, it’s unbelievable! We’ve seen our teams use their Vs. Cancer partnership for creative sponsorship ideas, wacky theme nights, to boost group sales, and as a way to directly impact their fans. We can’t wait to see what comes next! But, don’t take it from us…
“What Vs. Cancer does for kids is simply remarkable. Their inspiring mission is something every organization should revere and make an effort to emulate.”
-Rob Crain, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Pawtucket Red Sox
“Raising money for a critical cause is one thing, but the Vs. Cancer platform is another. The RailRiders pride themselves on being one of the top Vs. Cancer fundraisers in all of Minor League Baseball over these past four seasons. A little friendly competition among MiLB teams adds another element for the RailRiders staff to continue their efforts to raise more and more money for Vs. Cancer through a great website that keeps up-to-the-minute numbers for each team and staff member. The strength of the support team at Vs. Cancer is simply the cherry on top. Vs. Cancer Night is a turn-key theme night and will resonate with fans for 364 days…until the next one returns.”
-Barry Snyder, Sr. Director of Promotions and Entertainment
Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
“Vs. Cancer is an organization dedicated to making a difference and bettering the lives of those affected by cancer. They are operated by a staff that consists of the highest quality individuals you will ever meet. I would strongly recommend working through this organization when raising funds for pediatric cancer research. Their head shaving events are world class and create an unparalleled sense of community among the participants.”
-Vince Marcucci, Director – Corporate and Community Affairs
“OT Sports is proud to partner with Vs. Cancer by offering our partner teams and leagues a unique, custom branded Vs. Cancer jersey in which proceeds from post-game authentic game-worn jersey auctions will go to benefit children in need. We love that Vs. Cancer keeps 50% of raised funds local to contribute to pediatric needs within the communities in which contributions were raised. As professional sports teams auction off game-worn jerseys to their local fan base, it is rewarding to us, and to those that give, the opportunity to see results and benefits happen locally within their community.”
-Scott Gollnick, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
“The Brooklyn Cyclones were proud to partner with Vs. Cancer on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 as we launched our first ever Kids Fight for Kids Campaign. Two special kids had the opportunity to be ‘Cyclones for a Day.’ After signing their official ‘contract’ with the Brooklyn Cyclones they made their way to the field to throw out a first pitch wearing a Cyclones jersey. During the game, they participated in our on-field events, announced an inning of the game and led kids to run the bases.
All game long, donation stations were set up around the ballpark and fans donated to help make a difference in the lives of some incredible and deserving kids. We collected donations at our signature inflatable chair, at our speed pitch, and during our kids-run-the-bases experience. A portion of the proceeds from our Jersey Off the Back Raffle was also donated back to Vs. Cancer. The ultimate fundraiser for the evening took place during the game as our Director of Communications, Billy Harner and our General Manager, Kevin Mahoney had their heads shaved LIVE on the field while our entertainment team scurried around the stadium collecting donations in a fun “dash for cash” challenge!
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Brant and Shea from Vs. Cancer, and the Brooklyn Cyclones are excited about future events with them to help fight the battle against childhood cancer.”
-Nicole Kneessy, Premium Sales Manager and Group Specialist
-Christina Moore, Director of Community Relations and Entertainment
“Pediatric cancer is a topic near and dear to my heart. When I was in college, my cousin, who was 8 years old at the time, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I want to be able to let children battling cancer know that they have support, they have love and they have people cheering for them. My cousin is now over two years cancer free. My goal for our Salem Red Sox Vs. Cancer game is to bring children battling cancer now, or those who have persevered through the tough journey, to our ballpark to show them the amount of people that are here to support them in their fight! I want our fans to realize the strength these little ones have through the journey, and to be able to reward and recognize them for what they go through everyday.”
-Maddy Tettelbach, Promotions and Marketing Manager
Salem Red Sox
For more information on how to get your club involved with Vs. Cancer, please contact Vs. Cancer Campaign Director Rachel Mark at 980-925-7557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.