Entire College Baseball Team Shaves Heads to Help Kid With Cancer

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Getting my head shaved to fight kids' cancer.
Face it: the stories that leak out of university campuses make college-age guys seems like a bunch of idiots. Frat parties. Streaking. Need I go on? So when an entire college baseball team sits down to have their heads shaved, you'd be excused for writing it off as another stupid prank. Excused. But wrong.

The kids on the Florida Atlantic Baseball Team aren't just talented guys with 12 consecutive winning seasons under their belt in Division 1. They're big-hearted guys who will do anything to support a kid with cancer. Say it with me now ... aww! I shave my head every year for the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fight kids' cancer, so this one hit me right in the guts. But it was even cooler for the FAU team.

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The Owls' junior pitcher, Jake Meiers, has been going through a rough time since his younger brother Cody was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a bone cancer that's most prevalent in teenagers. Proving the power of a team, the other guys opted to sit down for a head-shaving to raise money for Cody's Angels, a fund set up to cover the 16-year-old's treatment.

Considering baseball season is not currently in session, it's easy to forget these guys are together throughout the school year working out and trying to stay in shape for opening day. And college baseball, in particular, keeps guys together longer than most sports. Major League Baseball rules dictate a college player at a four-year school is eligible for the draft only after they are done with at least three years of school. That's longer than both the NFL and NBA. They're a team even when the diamond isn't seeing regular use.

Jake Meiers said it best: "The team is very supportive of me and my family. It's awesome. We are just one big family."

Do you expect this kind of awesomeness out of a bunch of college-age guys?

 

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