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Format: 04/16/2014
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Pirates to Host Women's Baseball Clinic at PNC Park

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the third annual Pitch for Hope Women’s Baseball Clinic, a baseball skills workshop, on Sunday, June 30. Women ages 14 and older are invited to PNC Park for a day of baseball specific events in support of A Glimmer of Hope, a Pittsburgh-based breast cancer research organization funding under-40 breast cancer research. This year the event will support funding of 3D-automated breast ultrasound equipment at Allegheny General Hospital Breast Care Center. 
 Event sponsors are rue21 and Highmark.
 The baseball instructional clinic with Pirates coaches will take place on the field from 8 to 10 a.m. and will give participants the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of pitching, hitting and fielding as they visit different workshop stations set up around the field. Pirates Players will visit the women at the end of the clinic for a special Q&A session.
 Following the clinic, each participant will have the chance to enjoy a catered brunch on the Pirates Deck and stay for the afternoon’s Pirates game at 1:35 p.m. vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. In addition to the game ticket, all participants will receive a complimentary specially designed t-shirt.
 “This has been an extremely popular event as it is a great opportunity for women in our community to have a unique experience on the field at PNC Park, while raising needed funds for breast cancer research,” said Patty Paytas, Pirates Senior Vice President of Community and Public Affairs.
 The cost of the clinic is $60 per person; proceeds will benefit A Glimmer of Hope and will be designated towards purchasing of a 3D-automated breast ultrasound for the AGH Breast Care Center. 
  For more information, contact Michelle Mejia at michelle.mejia@pirates.com, or follow this link to the registration form.
 A recent recommendation by the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging states that ultrasound procedures should be utilized to screen high risk women or women who have a family history of breast cancer. Automated Breast Ultrasound is used primarily in women who have dense breast tissue, which makes it harder to detect abnormalities. A peer-reviewed study showed that mammography combined with Automated Breast Ultrasound found more, and smaller-sized cancers, than mammography alone
 The Pittsburgh Pirates are proud to partner with Glimmer of Hope on this fun and informative initiative.
About A Glimmer of Hope

 In 1994 A Glimmer of Hope organization’s founder Diana Napper designed the first Glimmer of Hope pin and began selling them with the proceeds going to breast cancer research. Since that time, the organization has raised over $1.8 million for breast cancer research.


 Media requesting additional information can contact Pirates Coordinator of Business Communications and Social Media, at (412) 325-4782 or Terry.Rodgers@Pirates.com. For more information on the 3D ultrasound, call Stephanie Waite, AGH Media Relations, at (412) 330-4434 or swaite@wpahs.org
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