The second Ks 4 Kids Campaign welcomes a new addition to the lineup. The Northeast Texas Community College Eagles’ softball team is adding its strikeouts to the campaign, which kicked off with the NTCC spring baseball and softball seasons on Jan. 27.
The campaign is a joint effort between NTCC and Titus Regional Medical Foundation to raise money for infants and children treated at Titus Regional Medical Center.
"This will be softball's first year to participate in the Ks for Kids project. I think it will be a good incentive for our pitchers to work hard for more strikeouts," Head Softball Coach Jay Terry said. "It's a great way for us to give back to the community."
The Eagles baseball team is also excited to be a part of the program for a second year.
"Community service is an important part of the Eagle program,” said NTCC Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Josh Stewart. “We are very excited about this partnership with the Foundation and TRMC and we look forward to helping raise lots of money this season."
NTCC plans to host a special K's for Kids celebration day on Feb. 18 when both the softball and baseball teams will be playing home games. Fans are encouraged to bring the whole family out to the games as the players will be available after the game to talk to fans and sign autographs.
The day gets underway at 12 p.m. with the Eagles baseball team playing the first game of a double-header against Bossier Parish Community College. Softball action gets underway at 1 p.m. as NTCC hosts Grayson County College in a double-header.
The goal for the number of K’s – strikeouts – will be a combined 500 for both the baseball and softball seasons. Through pledges per strikeout, one time donations and corporate sponsorships, the campaign hopes to raise $75,000 that will be used for:
* An additional radiant warmer bed for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) equipped with integrated resuscitation and monitoring features.
* New waiting room furniture and amenities that will give families a much-improved area to gather while waiting on news of their family member.
* New furniture for the pediatric and labor and delivery rooms, including chairs that recline to provide family members with more comfort when staying with their loved ones overnight.
* Additional games for the new video game library, which was provided during Ks 4 Kids 2011. A more extensive gaming library would provide pediatric patients with more play therapy options.
In its “rookie” year in 2011, the Eagles baseball team recorded 334 strikeouts during the season. The campaign raised more than $59,000. The campaign drew support from 100 contributors, including 20 businesses and civic organizations and 80 individuals.
The funds were allocated for equipment and upgrades to Titus Regional Medical Center’s Women and Children’s Center, including phototherapy lights to treat conditions such as jaundice in newborns a radiant warming bed and a walk-in tub to aid in relaxation during labor.