Baseball rivals compete for a cause

Baseball rivals compete for a cause

Raining Wristbands: Tim Chambliss (12) and Tommy Bohnert (12) happily toss the orange diabetes wristbands up in the air. They will be on sale until April 20. “Instead of selling t-shirts like everyone else, we decided to sell wristbands,” Bohnert said.

Those of you attending the JV and varsity baseball games at GCS ballpark next Tuesday against Mehlville will notice something strange about the players uniforms. Both teams will be wearing orange on their jerseys in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Coaches for a Cause is a fundraiser organized by two seniors at OHS who are members of both the varsity baseball team and the Leadership class. Tommy Bohnert (12) and Tim Chambliss (12) headlined the idea in support of a good cause.

“Tim and I had always thought about doing a breast cancer game like they do [in the MLB] on Mother’s Day,” Bohnert explained. “The basketball team raised money earlier in the year for breast cancer, so we decided to go with Juvenile Diabetes. We thought ‘what better to do it against our rivals at the GCS game!”

The boys will team up with the leadership class and MHS to sell orange wristbands for only two dollars. All proceeds of the wristband sales will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF).

The coaches are very supportive of the idea, and are contributing to the fundraiser as well.

“I was in charge of making the t-shirts/jerseys. But it’s just a wonderful thing for both teams and coaches to get involved and be able to give back to a good cause,” Coach Nick Aboussie said.

Wristbands will be sold until the date of the game.

“They’re only two bucks! So don’t go buy four tacos today after school, buy a wristband!” Bohnert said.

Junior varsity starts at 4:30 and varsity begins at 6:15.