CofC baseball team cuts it all off for cancer research

Published: Apr. 29, 2013 at 1:43 AM EDT|Updated: Feb. 11, 2014 at 4:52 AM EST
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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The scissors were out and the clippers buzzed Sunday after the College of Charleston baseball game. The team got rid of their hair for charity.

"It's very humbling. They probably just think they're doing it for a cause but it's for a bigger cause," said Jamie Drolet of the Hugs for Harper Endowment.

Taking a seat in the barber's chair, 42 Cougar baseball players, coaches and staff all decided to cut it all off.

Rob Harding said, "I don't grow much hair anymore, but I'll come back and grow out as much as I can, anything to help out."

Harding, former team captain said he lost his father to cancer and his older brother is a cancer survivor. Harding spent a lot of his time today with a 4-year-old who is in remission from cancer. He got to make the first pitch of the game.

"Just to take the opportunity to maybe give somebody else the chance to grow up with an older brother like I was able to, makes it all worth it to me," said Harding.

All donations will go towards the Hugs for Harper Endowment supporting cancer research for children at MUSC.

Kicking things off with a donation himself, head coach Monte Lee said in its 2nd year, the event has been an uplifting experience.

"It gave the guys a different perspective on things than just worried about baseball all the time. I just thought it was a great thing for us to do and it's something that we need to do every year," said Lee.

The players say shaving their heads in support of cancer research is now a tradition.

"Seeing all the kids out here, they look up to us. I guess us having shaved heads when they are going through treatment; it just helps out in the process for them too," said pitcher Matt Pegler.

College of Charleston will continue taking donations at games through the end of the season.

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