DAYTON, OHIO-The Dayton Dragons will wear specially-designed jerseys on "Defeating Cancer Night" at Fifth Third Field on Friday, June 8 when they host the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 7:00 p.m. Each jersey will be autographed by the Dragons player or coach who wore it that night for a jersey auction that will begin after the game. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
The specially-themed jersey night will be a first in the Dragons 19-year history. The Dragons have never worn specially-designed jerseys for a single game and then conducted a jersey auction after the game.
Jerseys worn by all Dragons players and coaches will be part of the auction, which will last one week and be viewable at daytondragons.com.
"The Dragons organization is very excited with this opportunity to assist the American Cancer Society in their continuous fund-raising efforts," said Robert Murphy, Dragons President & General Manager. "This will be the first full-team jersey auction in our history and we are pleased to give fans the opportunity to bid on these special jerseys to be worn on Friday night by our players and coaches."
"We are looking forward to Friday night and sharing our resources with the community," said Shayna Knack, Senior Manager, Community Development, with the American Cancer Society. "It's an honor to be part of this event and we want to thank the Dragons organization for partnering with us in the fight to end cancer."
Defeating Cancer Night at Fifth Third Field on June 8 will include a variety of special events and activities.
- The American Cancer Society's pink semi-truck will be parked on the plaza in front of the ballpark with an information table.
- The Bob Ross Auto Group's pink vehicle will be parked on the plaza with a tent and showcase items.
- The Pink Ribbon Girls' pink fire truck will be parked on the plaza with a tent and information table.
- Free sunscreen samples will be available through a partnership between Minor League Baseball and the American Cancer Society that promotes awareness and prevention of skin cancer.
- Andrew Heil, a two-time cancer survivor, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
- The event will also feature in-game recognition of cancer survivors, battlers, care providers, and family members.
A portion of ticket revenue from the game on June 8 will also be donated to the American Cancer Society and Pink Ribbon Girls.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.