In cooperation with Tarleton Round-Up and Service Week, Tarleton Baseball and Softball are joining forces with the Division of Student Affairs to host the inaugural 'Catch For a Cure' weekend on March 23-25 to raise awareness for CFC International.
"I would like to first say thank you to everyone who put in time and effort for this very important weekend," said Tarleton Athletic Director Lonn Reisman. "Hopefully we can do a small part in making people aware of CFC Syndrome and raise some money to continue the development of finding cure and improving quality of life. We have a special place in our hearts for CFC here at Tarleton State University because Bryan Conger and his family have been an invaluable member of our department, our university, and the Stephenville community for so many years. We just want to continue to support Jacoby, the entire Conger family, and all the families affected by CFC."
CFC (Cardio-Facio-Cutaneous) Syndrome is a rare, genetic condition that typically affects the heart, facial features, and skin.
Jacoby Conger, the youngest son of Tarleton's head baseball coach Bryan Conger, has this condition and will throw out the first pitch of Tarleton's baseball doubleheader against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday, March 24.
"On behalf of our CFC International board of directors and every family affected by CFC Syndrome, we are thrilled to partner with Tarleton State University for an amazing weekend of events that are directed at connecting families living with CFC Syndrome and promoting awareness and research to improve the quality of lives for our loved ones," said CFC International board member, Shelly Greenhaw. "May the sun shine on every player, coach, participant and attendee who can make a difference for our families."
That weekend, Tarleton will be hosting Texas A&M-Kingsville in a four-game baseball series and Western New Mexico in a four-game softball series. Baseball will play a single game at 3 p.m. on Friday followed by a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday, while Softball will play back-to-back doubleheaders on Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m.
Chili's will be taking part in the festivities on Friday by donating 10% of all sales to CFC International. Steel City Pops will also donate 20% of its proceeds on Saturday.
Saturday will be a big day at the ball fields as Tarleton will host a silent auction and a post-game concert by country music star Courtney Patton. In addition to the auction and concert, there will also be catered food trucks on site throughout the day and a bounce house for kids. The teams will be wearing CFC-inspired apparel and fans will receive free wristbands and hats, while supplies last.
The silent auction will take place on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. under the shaded area in between the baseball and softball facilities. The postgame concert by Courtney Patton will take place in the baseball parking lot at the Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex and will begin at 7:30 p.m., following the baseball and softball games.