Bedlam baseball notebook: Sooners shaving for charity Thursday

by Ryan Aber Published: April 1, 2014
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photo - COLLEGE BASEBALL COACH / ANNOUNCE / ANNOUNCED / ANNOUNCEMENT: Pete Hughes is introduced as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners new baseball coach on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE BASEBALL COACH / ANNOUNCE / ANNOUNCED / ANNOUNCEMENT: Pete Hughes is introduced as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners new baseball coach on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma junior Keach Ballard sported a more closely shaved hairstyle for Tuesday’s Bedlam game, which Oklahoma State won 3-1.

Later in the week, plenty of his teammates will be joining Ballard with shaved locks.

The Sooners are holding a “Shave for the Brave” event following practice at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The event is part of the fundraising for the Vs. Cancer Foundation.

The organization was founded by former North Carolina baseball player Chase Jones. Jones battled brain cancer as a freshman.

“There are 150,000 kids around the country going bald this year without a choice,” OU coach Pete Hughes said. “Our guys are raising awareness by shaving their heads. The most important thing, though, are the donations.”

The players are each raising money for the foundation. The team’s combined goal was $15,000, which has already been exceeded. Hughes said he expected the team to top $20,000.

The fundraiser is part of Hughes’ “19 Ways” series of community service projects.

Hughes started the mission at Virginia Tech in honor of his late mother, Alice. Her favorite number was 19.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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