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Kaier Named an Inaugural Baseball vs. Cancer Ambassador

UAlbany Sports Information   11-19-2019

ALBANY, N.Y.- UAlbany Baseball is honored to announce that Associate Head Coach Jeff Kaier has been named one of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s inaugural Baseball vs. Cancer Ambassadors. Composed of current and former coaches, players and members of the press, Baseball vs. Cancer Ambassadors represent the athletic community’s shared resolve to raise awareness and funds for a world without childhood brain tumors.

For the past five years, Kaier and the baseball team have supported the foundation by hosting vs. Cancer games, awareness events, and welcomed children with cancer to games. Last year, the Great Danes raised over $4,000 which has helped fund child life programs and lifesaving pediatric brain tumor research.

‘It’s an honor to be named to the Inaugural vs. Cancer Ambassador Program. I am thankful to be able to work alongside such an esteemed group of coaches as we strive to increase Vs. Cancer’s presence throughout college baseball. I would like to thank Rachel Mark for all her hard work putting this program together and her continued efforts to strengthen the vs. Cancer Foundation.’

Since 2013, Vs. Cancer has empowered thousands of athletes to help kids with cancer. As a signature fundraising campaign of the PBTF, Vs. Cancer proceeds help fund groundbreaking research to cure pediatric brain tumors, the deadliest childhood cancer, as well as family support and child life programs in teams’ communities.

Vs. Cancer Ambassadors recognize firsthand the importance of supporting the childhood cancer community and the positive impact it has on their team. They will serve as a resource for other coaches and teams by answering questions about the program, sharing their inspiring success stories and working with athletic departments to spread Vs. Cancer’s mission and get more teams involved.

“The quality of coaching in our inaugural Vs. Cancer Ambassadors class is outstanding, but the quality of character is even greater,” says Vs. Cancer Director Rachel Mark. “In the battle against pediatric brain tumors, finding a cure is no small task – but with the continued efforts of this group, we’ll be able to support more children and families by increasing Vs. Cancer’s presence throughout collegiate baseball and athletics.”

UAlbany will play its annual vs. Cancer game against UMBC on May 3rd. To donate to the team’s campaign, CLICK HERE.

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