Baseball team to host breast cancer awareness game
03.22.2016 | By Rob Vanya
San Jac ranked 2nd in the nation at the midway point
The San Jacinto College baseball team will help raise funds for Angel Flight South Central, an organization that helps breast cancer patients, at the seventh annual Play Pink game on Saturday, April 2. San Jacinto College will face off against conference rival Blinn College for a double header, with the first game starting at 3 p.m., at John Ray Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park on the North Campus.
“The Play Pink events in past years were successful, and we hope the community will once again come out to support this worthy cause, while enjoying some good baseball action,” commented Head Coach Tom Arrington.
Assistant coach Jimmy Durham lost his wife, Michele, to breast cancer 12 years ago. At the time, Durham was on the coaching staff at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico. While Michele was being treated in Houston, the couple used the services of Angel Flight South Central (formerly Grace Flight of America) to fly Michele to and from New Mexico and Houston free of charge.
Angel Flight South Central provides free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes. The organization’s goal is to remove the transportation burden from patients so they can receive specialized medical treatment that may not be available to them locally. Angel Flight South Central also has a ground crew that drives patients to and from the local airports in their communities to hospitals.
The organization not only flew Michele to and from Houston for treatment, but would also occasionally fly one or all of the Durham’s five children, so that they would not be far from their mother. “(Angel Flight) literally helped keep our family together,” said Durham, who is now in his 11th season as an assistant coach at San Jacinto College. “They allowed the entire family to be together at least some of the time, and gave our children an opportunity to be with their mother.”
All money raised from donations at the April 2 game will go directly to Angel Flight South Central. San Jacinto College players and coaches will wear special pink jerseys during the game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause, and can bid on auction items, which will include sports memorabilia. Play Pink T-shirts will be available at the game for fans who make contributions to the Angel Flight organization.
Durham says he hopes the Play Pink event not only raises awareness for Angel Flight South Central, but monetary help as well. “The pilots volunteer their time, planes, and fuel to help others,” added Durham. “They pay for these flights themselves, unselfishly, and need more funding to continue to serve people in need.”
San Jacinto College baseball games are free to attend, but donations will be accepted for admission to the Play Pink game. All San Jacinto College baseball home games are played at the North Campus at 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston. For information about the San Jacinto College baseball team, please visit sanjacsports.com.
For information about Angel Flight South Central, or to make donations, visit the organization’s website at angelflightsc.org.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.