San Jac baseball team plays pink for breast cancer

March 24, 2012 6:41:51 PM PDT
The San Jacinto College baseball team traded in their usual green and gold uniforms Saturday for some with a splash of pink for their third annual Play Pink game to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

All proceeds from donations, barbecue plates and a silent auction will go directly to Angel Flight South Central and breast cancer awareness.

Angel Flight South Central provides free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes. According to their website, 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 also has a ground crew that drives patients to and from the local airports in their communities to hospitals.

For the San Jac team, the cause hits close to home. Their assistant coach Jimmy Durham lost his wife to breast cancer eight years ago. Durham was on the coaching staff at New Mexico Junior College at the time. The couple used the services of Angel Flight (then called Grace Flight of America) to fly their family to and from Houston for treatments for free.

San Jac played conference rival Angelina College in the game while wearing special pink jerseys and Play Pink caps. Fans were encouraged to wear pink as well.

The final score was 4-3 Angelina in game one of doubleheader.