Crestview baseball team raises breast cancer awareness

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The Crestview Cardinals’ team shirts, featuring pink bras, raise awareness for the American Cancer Society. Pictured, top row, are coaches Jeremy Southard, Daniel Williams and Ched Martin. Players standing: Austin Chapman, Joey Irelan, Ethan Williams and Tyler Southard. Kneeling: Mikey Stender, Angel Ortega and Brenden McCallum. Sitting: Noah Martin, Hunter Love, Jonathon Staples and William Maloney.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 07:13 PM.

CRESTVIEW — While it's common to see several city youth baseball and softball teams fill Durrell Lee Park on a Saturday afternoon this time of year, one team's uniforms have stood out.

The Crestview Cardinals — a team of 11 boys, ages 11-12 — are raising breast cancer awareness by wearing white and pink T-shirts. The shirts, featuring an image of a bra, promote Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

"It was actually (Tyler), my son's, idea. I just took it and ran with it," coach Jeremy Southard said. His 12-year-old plays first and third base and the team’s catcher.

The Southards said women in their family have a history of breast cancer. Tyler’s grandmother, Angie Southard, had a cancerous tumor near her brain removed, and had cancer in her uterus.

"They thought they were going to lose me," she said, adding she has been cancer-free for 10 years. She served as the American Cancer Society-North Okaloosa unit’s president from 1996 to 1998. 

Her journey, and involvement, helped spark Tyler’s idea.

"So I was thinking ... how about we do a breast cancer awareness baseball game," Tyler said, recalling the event’s origin. 

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