The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 12, 2013

B&G hosting event to support county cancer foundation

Sports Correspondent

TARBORO — B&G Fitness Center has decided to team up with the Tarboro Vikings baseball team and play a nine inning baseball game to help raise money for the Edgecombe Cancer Support Foundation. All money raised will go directly to the cancer foundation.

"We decided to pick that certain foundation because we knew the money would stay in our county and help our local cancer patients," B&G Fitness employee Robbie Cox said. "We wanted it to be a community event and not nationwide."

B&G doesn't have a goal set as to how much money they want to raise, but they do plan on making it an annual event and when that happens they will set goals and try to go above and beyond to reach them.

"We didn't want to set goals because this is kind of like a learning experience for us right now," Cox said. "Obviously we will set a goal next year and that will be higher then what we reach this year. We have been planning for a month now and with more time to work on it next year we can increase the dollar amount."

The game will be played July 20 at Municipal Stadium. Festivities will begin at 7 p.m. The event is set up and will be family friendly with concessions. They will also have a 50/50 raffle drawing. There will be a $5 admission fee for fans who want to come watch and that money will be given directly to the cancer foundation.

Before the game starts, Leta Bateman, who is currently battling cancer, will be throwing out the first pitch to her son, current Tarboro player Tristan Bateman.

"We wanted someone local who has battled cancer to throw out the first pitch," Cox said. " Everything has come together and this is going to be a fun event."

B&G has former Tarboro players who workout at their facility and Cox talked to them about teaming up and playing the current baseball team. He got a good response and everything has fell into place.

Anyone who wants to make a donation before the event can contact B&G Fitness at 824-8000 or go by and make a donation. If you have any questions about the event Cox said to feel free to contact the fitness center.