KNOXVILLE (UTSports.com) - Thanks to an outstanding outpouring of support from the Volunteer faithful, the Tennessee baseball team has reached—and even exceeded—its fundraising goal for Thursday’s Light The Night Walk at Knoxville’s Volunteer Landing near the UT campus. In two weeks of active fundraising, the team raised more than $5000 for cancer research in a player-driven effort.
Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's nationwide evening walk to raise funds and awareness about blood cancers. Thursday night’s walk begins at 7 p.m., with registration starting at 5:30 p.m.
“Awesome,” UT head coach Todd Raleigh said. “The greatest part of this fundraiser was that the players got the ball rolling and really worked to spread the word. It wasn’t a situation where the coaches or administrators started this. The players came to me with the idea and said ‘Let’s do this.’ That shows what kind of character our guys have.
“And the fact that so much money was raised in just two weeks says a lot about this community, the University of Tennessee and its fans. The kind of support we have here is really unbelievable.”
Light The Night participants carry illuminated balloons to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Funds raised support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission: cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.