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NCAA to Celebrate Cancer Survivors and Military and Public Service Personnel During Championship Series

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - In conjunction with the championship series of the 2012 Women’s College World Series, the NCAA is sponsoring two theme nights aimed at honoring cancer survivors and our military and public service personnel. “StrikeOut Cancer Night,” will take place on Monday, June 4  during game one of the championship series. It will be followed by, “Military and Public Service Appreciation Night,” on Tuesday, June 5 during game two of the championship series.

Numerous special recognitions and events will take place both evenings. A complete list of activities surrounding each event can be found below.

StrikeOut Cancer Night 

Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. CT - Championship Series Game 1

The NCAA has teamed up with the American Cancer Society and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for the fourth annual StrikeOut Cancer Night. For every ticket purchased, $1 will be donated to the American Cancer Society Oklahoma Region High Plains Division.

* Fans are encouraged to wear their American Cancer Society Relay for Life Survivor shirt or pink to be recognized during the game. Fans can also visit the American Cancer Society’s tent in the NCAA Women’s College World Series Fan Festival from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

* FREE Fan Giveaway while supplies last - NCAA WCWS Pink Visor, courtesy of AT&T and the NCAA.

* The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor Jericka Jenkins. Jenkins just completed her senior season on the women’s basketball team at Hampton University where she was named a first-team All-MEAC selection and the Most Outstanding Player of the MEAC Tournament in 2012. She guided her team to both the MEAC regular season and tournament titles as well as a school record 26 Division I wins this season.

* The national anthem will be performed by Oklahoma native, Sonya Barrett.

* The bottom of the 3rd inning will feature a Cancer Survivors’ Celebration Walk in the outfield. All cancer survivors in attendance are encouraged to participate.

* The bottom of the 4th inning will feature an on-field presentation to the Oklahoma Region of the American Cancer Society.

* The bottom of the 5th inning will feature local Oklahoma cancer survivors, Jeanette and Paden Blevins, leading the crowd in singing, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.

* Post-game autograph session with the two final teams.

Military and Public Service Appreciation Night 

Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. CT - Championship Series Game 2

The Women’s College World Series will celebrate U.S. military and public service (police, fire and ambulance) personnel

* Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to thank all military and public service personnel for their service.

* FREE Fan Giveaway while supplies last – Red, White and Blue NCAA WCWS Tote Bag.

* The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Brigadier General Robbie L. Asher, Director, Joint Staff, Oklahoma Joint Force Headquarter of the Oklahoma National Guard.

* "God Bless America" performed by The Fires Four from Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The quartet represents Fort Sill's enlisted ranks; warrant officers; commissioned officers and Army retirees.

* The national anthem will be performed by the 77th Army Band from Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The colors will be presented by the Oklahoma Army National Guard and Soldier from the Fires Center of Excellence consisting of the 77th Army Band and the Fires Four quarter of Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

* The United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team, “The Para-Commandos,” will fly into the stadium prior to the game bringing with them flags representing the two participating teams and the game ball. 

* The Para-Commandos are all active duty military or Department of Defense civilians assigned to the Special Operations Command. Most are combat veterans and have a Special Operations background. Many served with the U.S. Army Special Forces, commonly known as the elite Green Berets. Others served with U.S. Army Rangers, the world's premier light infantry fighting force. The U.S. Air Force is well represented with specialized combat controllers, para-rescue men and combat air crewmen. The U.S. Navy is represented with U.S. Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combat Crewmen, and the U.S. Marine Corps is represented by Special Operations Marines.

* The middle of the 3rd inning will feature an on-field presentation by the NCAA to honor Wounded Warriors Staff Sergeant Damon Mize, Sergeant Russell Glimp and Captain Joseph Morris.

* The middle of the 5th inning will feature an on-field presentation by the NCAA to honor Wounded Warriors Corporal Shawna Paxson and Corporal Jesse Watkins. Specialist Francisco Javier Veriseno Alvarez Jr.’s family will also be honored for his ultimate sacrifice made when he lost his life in the line of duty during his patrol in Afghanistan.


-Courtesy of the NCAA