Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baseball: Free Halloween Game to be Played Oct. 30

Photo Courtesy: SoonerSports.com
The University of Oklahoma baseball team and head coach Pete Hughes invite the community out to L. Dale Mitchell Park for the team’s Second Annual ALS Awareness Halloween Game on Thursday, October 30 at 6:00 pm. Admission is free for fans and kids of all ages, who are encouraged to arrive in costume. The Sooners will take the field for an intra-squad scrimmage dressed in costume for the event.

Kids attending the game in costume will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat at the field and meet with players. Kids in costume will also be invited down to the field for a picture with the team at the conclusion of the game. Gates will open at 5:00 pm.

Last year an estimated 600 fans were on hand as familiar characters from Monsters, Inc., The Flintstones, Batman and Robin and more played between the lines. The game is the centerpiece of OU’s #StrikeoutALS campaign. The game will count as one of the team’s community service projects in its 2014-15 19 Ways campaign, an effort to impact the Norman community in 19 different ways throughout the academic year.

All funds raised through the event will go to the ALS Association. Over this past summer, Hughes and several players took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral through social media. That particular campaign was spearheaded by Pete Frates, a former standout baseball player under Hughes at Boston College. Hughes started the Halloween Game tradition at Virginia Tech in 2012 in an effort to raise awareness and money for ALS research.

“Pete Frates, a former player of mine at Boston College and one of my all-time favorite players, was diagnosed with ALS at 27 years old,” recalled Hughes. “A lot of these guys that I’m looking at right now, in our program, I’m looking at the same face as Pete Frates. Anything that we can do to raise awareness and funds to shed light on this and help find a cure is an important night.”

/// SoonerSports PR
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