Bats for a Cure Hits Fundraising Out of the Park

Thunder Baseball League prides itself in developing young players’ skills while promoting good character. And the league’s executive director lives by the same principles. For the seventh year, Thunder Baseball League hosts Bats for a Cure to support Komen Colorado.

Thunder Baseball League executive director Shawn Williamson clearly has a love for the game. But he didn’t know that one day his passion for baseball would be a vehicle for a cause.

Like one in seven women in Colorado, Williamson’s wife, Lynne, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The couple had three young sons at the time she went through treatment, and Williamson said family and friends played an integral role in caring for the boys.

“We wanted to give back,” Williamson said. “While there are many great causes, Komen was in the forefront. We had participated in Race for the Cure many times and believed Komen Colorado was a good fit.”

Williamson created Bats for a Cure to educate the community about breast cancer and help others receive life-saving screening and treatment.

The tournament has raised more than $100,000 during the past six years. And Williamson said this year’s fundraising goal is $25,000.

Komen Colorado uses the money to support local programs that provide mammograms, diagnostic testing, and treatment for uninsured and underinsured individuals.

Komen Colorado CEO Dianne Primavera said this event enables Komen Colorado to meet the breast health care needs of hundreds of Coloradoans each year.

“This event is critical for us to be able to help reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer,” she said.

Bats for a Cure took place June 1 – 3. More than 225 teams of 7 – 14 year olds were involved.