EMERSON, Ga. (May 12, 2016) – Perfect Game and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have announced a partnership today for the 2016 WWBA National Championships in Emerson, Ga. All teams participating in the WWBA tournaments have the opportunity to fundraise for St. Jude and compete for exciting prizes.
“We are thrilled to team up with St. Jude this summer,” said Perfect Game National Marketing Manager, Drake Browne. “This partnership gives us the platform to make an impact for the children at St. Jude who are battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”
“We are honored to be partnered with Perfect Game and working with baseball players across the country,” added Chris Boysen, Senior Vice President of Field Operations for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Through these efforts we can continue to serve our mission.”
The top fundraising team in each age division will win the opportunity to play all of their tournament pool play games at PG Park South (LakePoint). Second and third place teams will get half of their pool games (at least three) at LakePoint, and the top individual fundraiser in each age division will win a Rawlings wood bat of their choice.
“It is a great honor to partner with St. Jude and potentially help so many children that are stricken with cancer,” said Perfect Game founder, Jerry Ford. “Baseball is at the forefront at many levels when it comes to pediatric cancer research. Everyone should google St. Jude Children's Hospital and they will quickly discover why Perfect Game wants to help as much as possible.”
Ford also noted that this partnership aligns well with other causes in which PG is involved.
“For many years we have been involved in the battle to cure childhood cancer. The annual PG All-American Classic has raised close to a million dollars for Rady Children's Hospital. Perfect Game is also involved in other very important childhood concerns such as Autism and Club Foot, but Pediatric Cancer is a cause we will always want to support.”
Fundraising has officially begun, and coaches for these tournaments can create their team pages at stjude.org/perfectgame.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).
About Perfect Game
Perfect Game is considered to be the elite amateur baseball scouting organization in existence, putting on well over 100 tournaments and showcases each year in all corners of the country. Perfect Game is dedicated to getting amateur players the exposure they want and need to take their game to the next level. With events like the National Showcase and the Perfect Game All-American Classic, players are performing with top level competition in front of recruiters and scouts from all over the country. Perfect Game’s All-American Classic has produced seven No. 1 overall picks in the MLB Draft (Brady Aiken, Gerrit Cole, Carlos Correa, Bryce Harper, Tim Beckham, Justin Upton, Matt Bush) since the game’s inception in 2003.