NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College baseball and softball teams will hold fundraisers on Saturday during their 12:00 p.m. home doubleheaders, as the baseball team is set to promote awareness for the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC), the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women, while softball is holding a Cans for Cancer bottle and can drive in support of former player Kate Pinzino '02, who is fighting the disease.
Wheaton's baseball team, which is hosting New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Sidell Stadium, is involved with the WRC for the second straight year. Wheaton and WPI players will don blue wristbands depicting an image of a white ribbon in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The white ribbon symbolizes a man's pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. The teams will also sign a poster-sized pledge sheet that will be prominently displayed on the back of the Wheaton dugout.
Additionally, the KLMC Quad, which is comprised of Kilham, Larcom, Metcalf and Chapin halls on upper campus, will be handing out free white ribbons and selling wristbands along with food and beverages at a concession tent located behind the press box. All proceeds will benefit the New Hope Shelter in Attleboro. The event is sponsored by Wheaton's Office of Student Life, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Department of Athletics.
The WRC is recognized in over 55 countries with campaigns led by men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. It began in 1991 when a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon symbolizes opposition to violence against women.
Over on Clark Field, softball will be hosting Clark University in a NEWMAC twinbill. Fans who bring a large bag of bottles and cans or make a donation in support of Kate will receive a free lunch. All patrons are encouraged to dress in blue, as the Wheaton players will wear blue bracelets during the contests. Pinzino played in 87 games for the Lyons between 1999 and 2002.