Baseball team shaves heads; raises thousands for charity
The team surpassed their $5,000 goal to raise money towards ending childhood cancer
The Otterbein baseball team doesn’t have hair. The players shaved their heads and raised $5,905 towards ending childhood cancer, surpassing their $5,000 goal. To celebrate the mark, the entire baseball team participated in shaving their heads in the campus center Feb. 27.
Pat Birrer, junior returning starter and three-year lettermen, commended the team for doing it together, despite the drastic change.
“A lot of times guys who are older and have internships don’t want to make that drastic change," said Birrer. "It was actually really cool this year, we managed to get everyone on the team to do it, even the guys with longer hair.”
Brirrer said that shaving their heads for a greater cause is something Otterbein baseball takes a lot of pride in every year. It is optional to shave your head, but it is encouraged. However, it is mandatory to sign up to raise money.
Seth Anderson, sophomore two-year returning letterman, said George Powell, head coach, influenced the team's decision.
“Our coach preaches to us that a bad day in a cancer patient’s eyes is a lot different from a bad day in our eyes,” said Anderson.
Vs.Cancer challenged college baseball teams across the country to help raise $500,000 toward their campaign. Out of 31 teams that have participated in the cause, Otterbein ranked sixth in highest dollar amount.