IOWA CUBS SWING MAXBATS TO FIGHT CANCER
BROOTEN, MN- The Iowa Cubs are joining MaxBat in creating awareness about prostate cancer and raising funds to help fight the disease. The team will celebrate Father’s Day, June 17th, against the Memphis Redbirds swinging baby blue bats from MaxBat. MaxBat and the Iowa Cubs partnered in the same fashion on Mother’s Day to fight breast cancer with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
During the Mother’s Day Game, the Iowa Cubs smashed 18 hits in a 17-7 win over the Sacramento Rivercats with pink bats from MaxBat. Micah Hoffpauir of the Cubs was 3-for-6 with three RBIs, but was far from the only standout.
Eric Patterson was 2-for-4 and hit a home run for the third straight game.
Felix Pie had three hits, including a triple, and drove in four.
Mike Fontenot was 4-for-6 and is 22-for-44 in his past 10 games.
"We are very proud to partner with the Cubs to fight diseases that affect so many families today," said Jim Anderson, VP Sales and Marketing at MaxBat. "Honoring fathers and mothers everywhere with this program gives us an opportunity to give back to the communities in which we live."
The Father’s Day initiative coincides with Cap For The Cure and the MLB Home Run Challenge. Each home run hit in 60 selected MLB games, played from June 6-17, 2007 raises money to fight prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in America. Fans can also purchase their own personalized baby blue or pink bat at Prostate Cancer Fundraiser. $15 from the sale of each bat will benefit either prostate cancer research or breast cancer research.
During the June 17th game, Cubs players will wear baby blue wristbands. The prostate cancer awareness theme will be carried throughout the game. Select game-used bats, as well as autographed bats, will be auctioned at a later date, with proceeds benefiting prostate cancer research.
"Hopefully, one of these days they'll find a cure for cancer," said Anderson. "It's terrorized a lot of families. These games are a good tradition that mean a lot to the MaxBat team because of the impact that we can have in saving lives."
MaxBat is the nation’s fourth largest manufacturer of maple baseball bats and one of the most popular bats in professional, amateur and youth baseball worldwide. All bats are manufactured from start to finish in Brooten, MN. MaxBat caries a full line of baseball apparel, equipment and accessories. To learn more, visit Prostate Cancer Fundraiser.