The Pitt-Bradford softball team recently put together a
fundraising campaign to support the fight against Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Awareness. In honor of March being TBI Awareness Month, the players set a goal
prior to the campaign and are happy to report they reached their numbers.
A TBI is defined as a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a
penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
Currently, 2.4 million people, including 475,000 children,
sustain a TBI in the United States each year. 5.3 million individuals live with
a life-long disability as a result of TBI. The disease is a contributing factor
to a third of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.
The softball team raised nearly $800 for the Brain Injury
Association of Pennsylvania by selling over 30 t-shirts in the Commons. The
Lady Panthers also collected donations on campus and at all home games.
The originally scheduled TBI Awareness Game with Penn State
Behrend on March 27 was moved to Thursday, March 10, due to inclement weather. The
Lady Panthers split with the Lions 10-8, 12-0, in a doubleheader.
“We appreciate all those who have supported us with this
fundraiser,” said head coach Tina Phillips. “We will only make this bigger and
better in years to come. We know what a terrible disease this is to live with
and how prone athletes are to this.”