April 27, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In an effort to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig's disease, the Florida State baseball team hosted ALS Awareness Night at the ball park back on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m.
In honor of the special event, the Seminole players, coaches and staff wore special red jerseys for the game against Charleston Southern. The jerseys have been auctioned off online at Seminoles.com since Wednesday, April 21. The auction will come to a close at various times in the afternoon on Wednesday, April 28. Fans are encouraged to go online for their last chance to bid and take home a jersey of one of their favorite FSU Baseball players.
Proceeds from the online auction will go to ALS Research and the ALS Association, Florida Chapter.
To access the online auction on Seminoles.com, fans can click on the link below or go to Seminoles.com, click the Shop Here tab, select online auctions and then choose baseball on the browse by category section to place a bid today.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, was first described in 1869 by the noted French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. Although the cause of ALS is not completely understood, the last decade has brought a wealth of new scientific understanding about the disease that provides hope for the future. At the present time there is no cause or cure for ALS.
Lou Gehrig first brought national and international attention to the disease in 1939 when he abruptly retired from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS. Most commonly, the disease strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.
For more information on ALS, please check out the Florida Association website at www.alsafl.org. For more information regarding the ALS Awareness Game at Dick Howser Stadium stay tuned to Seminoles.com