Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Lecavalier behind Thursday’s head shaving fundraiser for pediatric cancer
Posted Mar 13, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM
SARASOTA It was Lightning forward Vinny Lecavalier who approached Joe Maddon about Maddon shaving his head to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer.
“It was Lecavalier’s idea in the beginning and we’re kind of growing it right now,” Maddon said today before the Rays-Orioles game at Ed Smith Stadium.
There could be as many as 30 Rays players, coaches and team personnel getting their heads shaved Thursday on the boardwalk in center field at Charlotte Sports Park before the Rays play the Phillies.
Maddon said it could expand to the fans.
“We’re trying to figure out some ways to get fan involvement, also,” Maddon said. “And if we can figure out a way to get that done, we’re going to do that to.”
The Rays are raising money for Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital. Those who wish to help the fundraiser can text the word “cut” to 50555 to make a $10 donation. Or, you can visit http://www.pcfcutforacure.org and click on “Joe Maddon and Team Rays” to donate.
The website says Maddon’s goal is to raise $10,000. As of 1 p.m. today they have raises $311.
Maddon said Lecavalier contacted him through Maddon’s agent and suggest Maddon rid himself of that unflattering head of reddish-brown hair.
“The idea began to grow,” Maddon said. “We wanted to make it more than just me sitting down and doing it by myself, so I, after all, that’s what you’re looking for. You’re not only trying to get baseball players involved, but also the general public involved and raise some money at the same time. It’s worked out pretty good. It’s the perfect time to do it.”
Maddon said Lecavalier is welcome to attend.