At the 2016 Babe Ruth Softball World Series, each team was invited to take part in the Pink/Teal Warm Up games held before the start of World Series play to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer research.
For a $40 donation, players and coaches received a Pink and Teal jersey. The jerseys featured a white glitter flake print, softball patch with age rocker, matching World Series jersey number and a special World Series patch that could not be purchased anywhere. All proceeds went to the Susan Marie Rupp Foundation. The Teal/Pink Warm-Up games were developed in partnership with the Susan Marie Rupp Foundation that was founded in 2010 by Rupp’s mother, Ruth McCullen, a member of the Babe Ruth League International Hall of Fame, to educate women on the often-vague symptoms of ovarian cancer and to raise funds for research. Susan Marie Rupp lost her fight with ovarian cancer on July 30, 2010 at the age of 52. Rupp, who was devoted to youth having been involved in youth athletics for 39 years, courageously battled the disease for 8 years.
Babe Ruth League National Commissioner and Softball World Series Director Rob Connor said, “It is truly amazing to see young girls aged 8 to 16, from different backgrounds and from different states around the country not only come together at a national level by pure dedication to the craft, but also heartwarming to see them come together to “strike out” ovarian cancer by helping raise funds for research in the fight against the illness.”
Several of the participants indicated that playing in the pink and teal games was a wonderful opportunity as they had close friends and relatives that were cancer survivors or were battling cancer. They were honored to participate as they were playing the game they love for a person they love.
After the Series, the players will be able to proudly wear their jerseys in September for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States and occurs in 1 in 71 women. More than 22,000 women a year are diagnosed with the disease, and an average of 14,000 will lose their lives.