Strike Out ALS!

Today I’m sharing my memories from CKI at the College of William & Mary. This is in honor of the upcoming 10th anniversary of Strike Out ALS (SOALS). This weekend Runner and I will be traveling to Plumeri Park in Williamsburg, VA to watch the Tribe baseball team take on JMU.

During my Sophomore year of college, I served on the CKI Board of Directors. I remember we were looking for a signature fundraising project when Mary Ogburn shared with us a great cause and idea. Mary Ogburn’s grandfather passed away from ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The tie in with baseball made a fundraiser at a college baseball game the perfect fit. However, convincing the athletic director was no easy task (we’re talking about you Pete Kresky!). The perseverance from CKI with the help of Kiwanis made the project happen and 10 years later, the event is still going strong!

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SOALS has built a special legacy over the years. This remains the only fundraiser coordinated in conjunction with the W&M Athletic Department. In addition, W&M Tribe baseball has not lost a game on SOALS day since the fundraiser started. And most importantly, the fundraiser had raised nearly $10,000 for ALS to date!

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I am proud to have participated in the first 6 years of it’s existence – and I have the t-shirts to prove it! I can’t wait to return to campus for the 10th anniversary and tailgate with CKI members, alumni and Kiwanians.

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