Courtesy of Berry Athletics
ATLANTA (March 20, 2018) – This Saturday, the Berry baseball team will be hosting a fundraiser to support the Northwest Georgia Alzheimer's Association in an effort to make a difference in the community.
The charity game is set to begin on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. as Berry faces Southern Athletic Association (SAA) foe, Hendrix.
The baseball program seeks to support a new foundation every year, including those that have impacted players, coaches or friends of the baseball program. This year, the team voted to support the Alzheimer's Association because it hits close to home for junior third baseman Zach Guzi.
"Alzheimer's has greatly impacted my family and me. My grandpa, who is my best friend, was diagnosed with it my freshman year of college," Guzi said. "I think it's great that we're able to play a game to help raise awareness and money for the cause and to hopefully find a cure."
T-shirts will be available for purchase on Saturday with all funds going to support the Alzheimer's Association. Admission is free, but there will be donation tables set up for those willing to help raise support. The event is open to all members of the Berry and Rome communities.
Along with donations and profits made from the t-shirt sales, the team will be visiting the Renaissance Marquis, a senior living facility with a specialized program for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Activities will include BINGO and other games that will allow the team and program members to spend time together. Members of Renaissance Marquis have been invited to Saturday's event.
"We are very excited to be hosting a charity game again," head coach David Beasley said. "It's important to us that we get connected at the local level. We want to make a difference, and I want the guys to make an impact."