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Strikeout Cancer, A Cause Ingrained In The Tradition Of Notre Dame Softball
Notre Dame's ACC series against Maryland on Sunday and Monday will be part of the events during Strikeout Cancer
 
Notre Dame's ACC series against Maryland on Sunday and Monday will be part of the events during Strikeout Cancer

April 23, 2014

By Renee Peggs

...And the pitch. Steeeerike three, cancer's outta here!

Strikeout Cancer has emerged as Notre Dame softball's signature cause since 2011

This is our dream, our vision, our hope, and our driving force. When cancer steps up to the plate with a steely resolve, we will knock it out for good. This is what we do. This is our WHY. This is Notre Dame softball.

For Irish head coach Deanna Gumpf, it's personal. Her daughter, Tatum, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age four in the summer of 2010, and has now been in remission for nearly two years. Cancer fundraisers are not new to collegiate sports, but Gumpf's colleagues and players encouraged her to do something different.

The popular trivia night will kick off Strikeout Cancer on Friday night at The Brick in South Bend

Historically, the fundraising spotlight in women’s athletics has been exclusive to the fight against breast cancer, but Notre Dame softball was among the first teams in the country to break that mold with an event to raise awareness and funds for blood cancers.

"This is different, wearing orange, making a stand against leukemia," Gumpf says. "We don't have to do a pink game just to do a pink game. This is something that our whole team feels very strongly about, in a way that matters to them and gives them a purpose. It's something we're proud of and excited about."

What makes Coach Gumpf most proud and most excited? "The girls have taken more and more initiative with this every year we've done it. They come up with great ideas that we never would have thought of, and they do it, and it's successful. They own this. It's not just one weekend, it's their whole season."

"Another great thing is that we get to see where the money is going,” Gumpf says. “It doesn't go into some fund that we never know about. It goes into tangible things that make a difference in the lives of children with cancer. There are two new playrooms in the hematology/oncology clinic at Memorial Children's Hospital. We adopt children from the unit and get them Christmas gifts. We send kids on Wish Trips. We pay for hotel rooms and gas for families who have to travel down to Indianapolis for radiation treatments. So we're seeing the money at work in very real ways."

This coming weekend will feature the fourth annual Strikeout Cancer weekend hosted by Notre Dame softball. Come cheer on your Irish and help in the fight against leukemia and pediatric cancer! Event details and schedules can be found here.


 

 

Event Calendar

Delta

April 24
L, 7-4
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
RECAP

ESPNU
ESPNU
Live Stats
April 24
W, 12-2 (5)
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
RECAP

Live Video
Live Stats
April 25
L, 7-6
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
RECAP

ESPNU
ESPNU
Live Stats
April 27
W, 8-0 (5)
DePaul
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
RECAP

WatchND
April 30
6:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ESPN3
ESPN3
STRIKEOUT CANCER WEEKEND
May 1
11:00 AM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ESPN3
ESPN3
STRIKEOUT CANCER WEEKEND
May 1
1:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ESPN3
SENIOR DAY GIVEAWAY: Replica jersey koozies for the first 250 fans
May 7
3:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ESPN3
SENIOR DAY GIVEAWAY: Replica jersey koozies for the first 250 fans
May 8
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

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KIDS DAY GIVEAWAY: Color-Me Pennants for the first 100 kids. Fun Zone
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship Quarterfinals
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship Semifinals
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 14
TBA
ACC Championship Final
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 20
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus Sites
May 21
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus Sites
May 22
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus Sites
May 26
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus Sites
May 27
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus Sites
May 28
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus Sites
May 29
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus Sites
June 2
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 3
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 4
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 5
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 6
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 7
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 8
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

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