UC Baseball Participates in "Ball Call for Kids"

Nov. 30, 2011

CINCINNATI – Since Brian Cleary became the head coach at the University of Cincinnati in 1997, community service has played a vital role in the baseball program’s mission. That trend continued Wednesday when the team donated new baseballs to the Testicular Cancer Society’s “Ball Call for Kids” benefit.

Ball Call for Kids is the Testicular Cancer Society’s attempt at the Guinness World Record for the largest donation of sports balls in a 24-hour period, which will benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

“When presented with this opportunity, it was an easy way for us to make a small contribution to two worthy causes,” said Cleary. “As many know, I’m a big fan of the U.S. Marine Corps and am thrilled that this supports the Toys for Tots program. Additionally, many males unfortunately, including probably some of our own student-athletes, will battle testicular cancer at some point in their lives. So to help fight this in some small way by supporting the Testicular Cancer Society only made sense.”

The goal of the Ball Call for Kids is to collect 8,290 sports balls, or one ball for each man diagnosed with testicular cancer in the U.S. this year. The balls will then be donated from Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. through Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for distribution to underprivileged children during the holiday season.

The Testicular Cancer Society is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and education about the most common form of cancer in men age 15-35 and provides support for fighters, survivors and caregivers. For information about the Ball Call for Kids charity, including details on how to partake in the event, visit the Testicular Cancer Society’s website.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit charity, is the fundraising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The mission of the program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Additional information about the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is available here.