RICHMOND, Va. – Fanned. Punchout. K'd. All terms used to recognize a strikeout, which the VCU and University of Richmond baseball teams will look to do to cancer this Tuesday at 6 p.m. at The Diamond.
In a partnership with the VCU Massey Cancer Center, the two teams will look to "Strikeout Cancer" while showing support for VCU head coach Paul Keyes, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
VCU associate head coach Shawn Stiffler and Richmond head coach Mark McQueen, who have both worked under Keyes at VCU, wanted to show support for their friend and raise awareness.
"When Coach McQueen found out about Coach Keyes, he called me and asked what we could do during our game to let Coach Keyes know that we are thinking of him. We thought this would be a great way for us to show support for Paul."
Prior to the national anthem, players from both teams will exchange wristbands at home plate with the number 5 embedded (Keyes' number) on them. The two teams will exchange gold (VCU) and red (Richmond) wristbands.
"Besides Paul being a former boss of mine, he has also been much more than that - he's been a good friend for many years," added McQueen. "Even though Richmond and VCU are city rivals, sometimes there are more important things in life than the outcome of a sporting event. With this gesture, we wanted to show our support for Coach Keyes and the VCU family in this time."
As part of Dollar Days, fans can enjoy just $1 admission and $1 dogs while supporting a great cause. VCU Massey Cancer Center will be on hand to distribute sunscreen packets and skin cancer awareness information.