FULTON – The Itawamba Community College softball team took on Snead State and breast cancer awareness in the program’s first-ever Lady Indians Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Thursday.
During the game, the Lady Indians wore special blue and pink jerseys while volunteers took donations, sold chances on a softball signed by the team along with t-shirts donated by the ICC Associate Degree Nursing Department, and handed out pink ribbons.
“I could not be more pleased with the turn-out and overwhelming support from everyone involved,” said ICC softball head coach Chad Case. “It felt good seeing all the fans wearing pink and everyone that turned out and volunteered to help make this first-ever event a great success. I extremely proud of the initiative and leadership the team showed by wanting to put this together. ”
Wanda Sullivan, who will celebrate her fifth year of surviving breast cancer in May, threw out the opening pitch and served as honorary coach during both games.
“I truly appreciate the Lady Indians and Coach Case for letting me be a part of this event,” said Sullivan. “It means a lot to me and everyone that has been touched by breast cancer to see this group of young ladies show the maturity and leadership to want to host a Breast Cancer Awareness Day.”
A special moment of silence was held in memory of those have lost their battle against cancer while cancer survivors and their love ones where honored with a standing ovation between games.
Ricky Murphy, Unit Marketing Director of Chick-Fil-A of Tupelo, was also on hand to participate in the celebration of education and empowerment.
“At Chick-Fil-A we feel it’s important to give back to our communities and help support Breast Cancer Awareness,” said Murphy. “We salute the Lady Indians and all their efforts in giving back to the community along with raising money and awareness for such a noble cause.”
Proceeds from the event will be donated to Itawamba County Relay for Life.
Case and the Lady Indians are already making plans to help next season’s Breast Cancer Awareness event.
“We learned a lot from this year’s event and we look forward to making next year’s an even bigger and better success,” said Case.
Snead State swept the doubleheader 4-2, 4-3 over the Lady Indians.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Day was the most recent community service project the Lady Indians have participated in this season. Earlier in the school year the team helped tutor local students in Itawamba County and later volunteered at the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society in two of the various annual projects the program does to help give back to the surrounding areas.
For more information on ICC softball and the nine other intercollegiate athletic programs visit the college website at http://www.iccms.edu.
Adam Gore/ICC Sports Information Department