April 11, 2011

CUA baseball team to take part in Friends of Jacklyn on April 16

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, April 16 the CUA baseball team will welcome its newest fan to town when the Cardinals take part in the Friends of Jacklyn program.  While CUA takes on Susquehanna in a doubleheader, there will be a special young man in attendance cheering on the Cardinals.

CUA is taking part in the Friends of Jacklyn program, which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families.  FOJ was formed in 2005 and matches a child in need of love, support and friendship with a college or high school sports team based on geographic basis. 

After the adoption is completed, the child becomes an extension of the team where a unique bond is formed between the team members, the child and the family.  The benefit to all is a personal loving support network that creates a unique bond.  The result of the FOJ adoption is the child feels involved and each individual team member gains insight into the value of helping others.

CUA freshman Brian Cahill offered his thoughts on participating in FOJ.  “The entire team is really excited to be a part of the program.  It’s an honor for us to be selected to host our adopted child and make a difference in his life.”

He continued, “We’re looking forward to being with our adopted child during this time when he needs additional support.  We’ll do anything we can to try and take his mind off things even if for just a little bit.  He was at one of our games earlier this season, which was great, and we can’t wait to see him again.  Hopefully we can play well and he’ll remember the day as being extra special.”

The Cardinals baseball team is the third CUA team to become a member of the Friends of Jacklyn program joining the women’s and men’s lacrosse programs.

Prior to Saturday’s games vs. Susquehanna the Cardinals will host Bridgewater on Wednesday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. at Talbot Field.

Saturday’s games will start at noon.

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