The Seattle University baseball team welcomes back one of its long-time friends, as Saturday, May 4, has been designated "Adrian Day" at Bannerwood Park when the Redhawks face the Sacramento State Hornets.
In fall 2009, Seattle U Baseball "adopted" Adrian Smith, a boy diagnosed with a right thalamic tumor in 2008. The Redhawks join over 300 other high school and collegiate athletic teams who have adopted young children with pediatric brain tumors through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, an organization established to improve the quality of life for those children.
Over the past three-and-a-half years, the Redhawks have continually kept in contact with Adrian and his family, both with visits by Adrian to practices and games as well as visits by the players to the hospital while Adrian was undergoing various medical procedures. Adrian is now six years old and continues to live like any other young boy, with energy and enthusiasm.
This Saturday, $2 from every ticket sold and a portion of concession sales will be donated to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to give spectators another opportunity to make a donation to this worthy cause that helps enrich the lives of young people dealing with a tough medical situation.
The first pitch of Saturday's game is scheduled for 2 p.m., and the forecast calls for sunshine and warm weather. All fans are encouraged to come to Bellevue, cheer on the Redhawks, and support Adrian, his family, and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.