The Oroville Pirates collegiate wood bat team is hosting a double-header Saturday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m., and half of the proceeds from the game will be donated to Okizu, a program designed to assist families of children who are battling cancer according to Pirate head coach Javier Solis.
"We had a family come to us asking if their daughter could possibly sing the National Anthem before one of our games, and we learned she was a member of the Okizu program," said Solis. "After hearing about her story and listening to a tape of her singing, and she is good, we thought it would be a great opportunity for us as an organization to help support a local program."
The mission of Okizu is to provide peer support, respite, mentoring, and recreational programs to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer.
Okizu is committed to the continuing support of the childhood cancer community through its Oncology and Siblings camping programs, Family weekends, Bereavement programs, and Teen and Young Adult programs. These programs are the result of a collaborative effort of Okizu and the pediatric oncology treatment centers in northern California.
The Pirates will be battling the Southern Oregon Slayers on the field, and a barbecue dinner will be on the menu at the games so it will be a great time to come check out the local college kids who are having a fine season, as the Pirates currently enjoying a fine first season playing in the Horizon Air Summer Baseball Series, and sport a fine 23-10-1 record. The team is playing good baseball, and with local players such as Gridley High graduates Anthony Paredes, Trevor Anthony, and a host of Butte County products, led by former Gridley stand-out Solis, tomorrow will be a great opportunity for local baseball fans to come out to Mitchell Field in Oroville to check out some good baseball all while helping out a worthy organization.