PRESQUE ISLE – The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host their first home games of the 2016 season at the Presque Isle High School softball field on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 as they face the Falcons of Fisher College. Both days of competition will be double-headers with game start-times of noon and 2 p.m.
For Saturday's date of competition the UMPI softball program has partnered both locally with The Aroostook Medical Center and nationally with Go4TheGoal's Lace-up 4 Cancer program to bring awareness and raise money for pediatric cancer. For their local efforts, members of the softball team have collected pledges from community members and local businesses to help raise money that will be donated in between games on Saturday to TAMC and the Children's Miracle Network. They will also wear gold laces provided by Go4TheGoal in an effort to raise awareness of pediatric cancer.
"We are very excited to be able to partner with two great organizations and to be able to raise money that will stay here in the community to help children and families battling pediatric cancer. This team feels strongly about giving back to the local community, and we're excited to have this opportunity," stated Sara Shaw, UMPI's Head Softball Coach.
TAMC is affiliated with the Children's Miracle Network, whose 170 member hospitals have provided 32 million treatments each year to children across the United States and Canada. Funds donated to CMN support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care.
Go4TheGoal's Lace-up 4 Pediatric Cancer program was established in 2011 and has raised funds to help kids with cancer and their families in the local area that the funds were raised. Numerous sports teams have participated in the program all the way from the youth level to the professional level.
Monetary donations are continuing to be accepted and can be passed in to the UMPI Athletic Department located in Wieden Hall or to Sara Shaw at Northern Athletic Supply located at 260 Main Street in Presque Isle, next to Big Cheese Pizza. Checks should be made out to the TAMC Foundation. For more information, contact Sara Shaw at email@example.com.