San Jacinto College baseball raises more than $3,300 for Grace Flight of America
HOUSTON – San Jacinto College, the top-ranked team in the nation, raised more than $3,300 for Grace Flight of America in the first-ever Play Pink game for breast cancer awareness. San Jac defeated Laredo Community College 9-0 and 14-4 in the Saturday, May 1, double-header.
Assistant coach Jimmy Durham lost his wife, Michele, to breast cancer six years ago. At the time, Durham was on the coaching staff at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico. While Michele was being treated in Houston, the couple used the services of Grace Flight of America to fly Michele to and from New Mexico and Houston free of charge. Saturday’s Play Pink event was a way for the team to thank Grace Flight of America, and to raise awareness about breast cancer within the community.
“These pilots are amazing at what they do,” said Durham, now in his fifth year with the San Jac baseball program. “The best way my family and I could say thank you is to raise money for the organization that did so much for us and others. Our players and their families should also be applauded for all they did as well to help, because without them, this would not have been possible.”
The San Jac baseball team sold Play Pink hats and t-shirts, barbeque plates, raffled a pink Louisville Slugger bat autographed by the San Jac baseball team, and accepted monetary donations at the gate to raise money for Grace Flight. In addition, a 50/50 raffle was held. The winner, a two-time cancer survivor, donated the winnings back to Grace Flight of America. San Jac players and coaches sported pink, and the Grace Flight of America Board President, David Lavine, threw out the first pitch.
Head Coach Tom Arrington, his staff, and players, didn’t think twice about holding the Play Pink game. “We wanted a way to show our support not only for the Grace Flight of America organization, but for breast cancer awareness and research,” noted Arrington, who is now in his 10th year at the helm of the San Jac program. “We thank everyone who came out to the game, and are grateful for their support.”
San Jacinto College (40-9, 27-3) is currently ranked No. 1 in both the Perfect Game USA and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) / Perfect Game USA Baseball Division I polls. The squad is the Region XIV South champions, and will be a No. 1 seed at next week’s Region XIV tournament in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. The team’s .900 win percentage is the second-best in school history.
San Jac will close out the season at home with games tonight at 5 p.m. against Richland College, tomorrow versus Navarro College at 3 p.m., and with a two-game series against Louisiana State University – Eunice on Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9. All San Jac baseball home games are played at John Ray Harrison Field located on the San Jacinto College North campus at 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston.
For more information about the San Jacinto College baseball program, visit www.sanjacsports.com. Listen live to San Jac baseball games online at www.tsrnsports.com.
About Grace Flight of America
Grace Flight of America provides free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes. The organization’s goal is to remove the transportation burden from patients so they can receive specialized medical treatment that may not be available to them locally. Grace Flight of America also has a ground crew that transports patients to and from local airports in their communities to hospitals. For information about Grace Flight of America, or to make a donation, visit the organization’s Web site at www.graceflight.org, or call 1-888-500-0433.
About San Jacinto College
San Jacinto College serves a diverse population of more than 27,000 students in over 140 degrees and certificates in university transfer and technical programs. The College also serves the community through workforce training. Students come with various goals and aspirations and we are committed to their success. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
For information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150 or visit www.sanjac.edu.