UWA softball “painting the park purple”

Published 3:07 pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013

LIVINGSTON – The University of West Alabama softball team will be adding some purple flare to their uniforms Saturday when Christian Brothers visits for a Gulf South Conference doubleheader at the UWA Softball Complex. Instead of wearing the usual red socks, the Tigers will be sporting purple ones in support of Relay for Life.

The Tigers are also encouraging fans to wear purple attire to the doubleheader in an effort to ‘Paint the Park Purple.’

Infielder Taylor Miller, who suggested the idea, believes this is a great way to show support for a worthy cause and have a little fun at the same time. The first game begins at 2 p.m.

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“Relay for Life is such a great cause, and I wanted my teammates to help get the community involved in spreading awareness about it,” Miller said. “The other events we have planned for the games on Saturday will hopefully help out as well.”

Team Media Maniacs, a Relay team consisting of 15 UWA journalism students that includes Miller, will host the “other events” that the junior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., mentioned. The campaign, titled iRelay: Small Steps Matter, is geared at getting college students and the Livingston community to take small steps to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.

During the doubleheader, the Media Maniacs will be selling tiger paws and shoe cutouts for just $1. They can be personalized with the name of the buyer, or in memory or honor of someone who has been affected by cancer.

To promote another small step that can help prevent skin cancer, the Relay team will be passing out free sunscreen to those that attend the games as well.