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Saturday, April 25, 2009

California League Baseball Team Backing Pints for Prostates

The Visalia Rawhide (Single A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) have decided to partner with Pints for Prostates and Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network to help raise awareness about the need for men to get regular health check ups and PSA testing.

The team will host “Prostate Cancer Awareness Day” on May 2nd when the Visalia faces Lancaster. Rawhide players will wear blue shoe laces during the game and the laces can be purchased by fans with the funds going to Us TOO International.

The Rawhide will face Stockton on May 7th and Modesto on June 25th in California League action. Donations will be accepted at these two Thirsty Thursday promotions with funds going to support prostate cancer awareness efforts.

On June 21 the team will host a Father’s Day Brunch and Fantasy Camp. During the luncheon a speaker will address the need for men to become active in managing their health by getting regular prostate health screenings.

The Rawhide have produced a long list of Major League players, including Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays (2008 Rookie of the Year) and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. Jim Flavin, Ballpark Operations Manager for the Rawhide, has been instrumental in getting the team involved with Us TOO International. He got involved after seeing a Pints for Prostates ad that had been donated by Sports Illustrated. The Rawhide partnership will help reach men in central California with a critical health message.

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