The 2nd Annual “Strikes Against Cancer,” a USSSA sanctioned tournament, will be hosted in McKinney, Texas on May 4th, 5th and 6th of 2012.
The Tournament will be played at Triple Creek Academy, The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, The City of McKinney Fields; Mouzon, Gabe Nesbitt Community Fields (5 Plex and 3 Community), and Towne Lake.
In 2011, 174 select travel baseball teams came to the city of McKinney to support Strikes Against Cancer founder Geordon Cox, an 11 year-old select baseball pitcher and resident. Over 200, and potentially 250, teams are expected to come in and support Geordon’s foundation again and epecially how the city has embrace this young man.
On October 18th, 2011, The Mayor of McKinney, Brain Loughmiller, and the City Council signed a Proclamation that the First Weekend of every May will be forever known as “Strikes Against Cancer Weekend” for our 12 year-old founder Geordon and his mother Lisa.
HOW IT STARTED
In 2010, Strikes Against Cancer was the idea of 11-year-old, Geordon Cox. His Mom is fighting endometrial and cervical cancer for the third time in three years. Geordon is no stranger to cancer. His Godmother, Debbie Wright, Grandmother, Marcia and Grandfather “Popie” are winning their fight against cancer. However, he lost his Grandmother, Rosemary Cox and Aunt, Patricia Netzer to another variation of this terrible disease.
Rather than just get mad, Geordon decided to fight like his mother and give a Christmas gift that would last forever. He approached his dad and asked how he could use their shared love of baseball and his passion for pitching to Honor his Mother and raise money and awareness to fight cancer. Since his Mom loves to watch him pitch, they came up with the idea to have friends and family members pledge money for every strike he throws and has now evolved into this annual tournament held in McKinney making it the 3rd largest tournament in the Southwest.
Strikes Against Cancer is a Non-profit 501C staus 3. Strikes Agaisnt Cancer is a partner with the American Cancer Society.
Editor’s Note: Don’t forget to check out the Strikes Against Cancer video below and meet Geordon for yourself.