Bethesda’s three public high school baseball teams got together off the field on Sunday to raise money for cancer research by shaving their heads.
The 1st Annual St. Baldrick’s Battle of Bethesda Tournament was set for today before an unusual spring snow storm dumped about three inches on Bethesda. But players, coaches, parents and others from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Walter Johnson and Walt Whitman High School communities still came out to Tommy Joe’s on Sunday for the kick-off event.
First-year Walter Johnson head baseball coach and Social Studies teacher Chris Murray came across the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which encourages people to have their heads shaved in support of cancer victims, while at a baseball conference in Chicago.
The organization has helped organize dozens of similar events with college and minor league baseball teams across the country over the past few years.
Parents pledged money for participants who had their heads shaved on Sunday and some pledged money per run, hit and strikeout during the round-robin tournament. The team that raises the most money will be announced in April.