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Northeast Mississippi Community College softball program knows that timing is everything when it comes to the game on and off the field.
While the Lady Tigers are busy trying to secure a spot in the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) state playoffs, Northeast will also be looking to help a worthy cause in the process and throw a fastball by a tough batter.
Exactly one year since the Lady Tigers held their first StrikeOut Cancer doubleheader on April 8, 2010, Northeast will hold its second annual StrikeOut Cancer doubleheader against Northwest Mississippi Community College on April 8 at Booneville City Park.
“Our players really enjoyed this event and we are excited that this event would happen this year,” said Northeast softball coach Jody Long. “Our goal is to generate community awareness, support for our program, educate our players,continue our mission of community involvement and to use our platform to raise money to be used locally to be used in the fight against cancer”
Northeast played its first StrikeOut Cancer doubleheader against Itawamba Community College on April 8, 2010 after Mother Nature postponed the first event from March 12, 2010.
During the first StrikeOut Cancer event, the Lady Tiger softball program raised $1,000 for the Prentiss County Chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event.
StrikeOut Cancer is a national event that is organized by the American Cancer Society and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) to help raise funds and awareness to fight cancer. The national program uses personal experiences, community leadership and professional excellence of fast-pitch softball coaches nationwide to help increase cancer education and promote healthy living through awareness efforts and fund-raising activities.
Northeast honored one of its own during the first event as cancer survivor Mary AliceCoats threw out the first pitch.
During the 2011 event, Northeast is doubling the stakes as a pair of cancer survivors will be honored during the festivities.
Northeast accounting instructor Robbie Coleman will throw out the first pitch for theLady Tigers while Northeast social science instructor Carla Falkner will serve as honorary coach for the Northeast squad during the doubleheader.
“We want everyone to come out and support their Tigers in our efforts to ‘Pink out the Park’,” Long said. “Donations will be accepted and we are excited about a great day of softball while raising money for this event.”
Northeast’s StrikeOut Cancer doubleheader fund-raiser is part of the softball program’s attempt to leave a positive impact on the community.
In addition to the StrikeOut Cancer fund-raiser, the softball program has alsoscheduled its seventh annual Racin’ Round Booneville/Make-A-Wish Foundation softball tournament for the last weekend in May and is scheduled to continue its tradition of honoring former Northeast head coach David Carnell with a tournament in June.
Prior to the season, Northeast’s softball team was active in the community during the off-season cooking for over 500 people at the annual Christmas pancake breakfast, adopting a family at Christmas so that that family’s children may share in the joyous holiday or traveling to the local nursing homes to sing Christmas carols to the elderly.