UVM Cancer Center and Vermont Lake Monsters “Dig In” Against Cancer

May 29, 2024 by Rachel Zwynenburg

The Vermont Lake Monsters is teaming up with the UVM Cancer Center for a game of hope, connection and cancer awareness.

The Vermont Lake Monsters is teaming up with the UVM Cancer Center for a game of hope, connection and cancer awareness.

The Lake Monsters baseball team is no stranger to cancer. In April 2024, they lost Head Coach Pete Wilk to Glioblastoma Brain Cancer (GBM) . While the organization mourns Pete’s passing, they welcome community members living with and beyond cancer to come together for the “Dig In” Against Cancer night on Sunday, June 23 at 5:05 p.m..

The Vermont Lake Monsters have generously discounted over 500 tickets for people living with and beyond cancer and their family members, caregivers, and clinicians. 

Get $5.00 Tickets

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at: https://go.uvm.edu/uvmcc-lakemonsters-june23

But wait that’s not all! Be sure to come early (doors open at 4:00pm) for:

  • Cancer Support Community Vendor Fair: chat with organizations that support cancer patients.
  • Giveaway: The first 500 fans will receive a limited-edition sun protection bucket hat.
  • Ceremonial Pitch: Thrown by a cancer patient, survivor, or provider at 5:00pm.
  • UV Ray Limbo & Sun Safety Trivia during inning breaks.
  • 50/50 Raffle Tickets: benefiting the UVM Cancer Center.
  • Jersey Auction: benefiting the UVM Cancer Center.
  • Plus, all the fun of a regular Lake Monsters game!

More to the Story

The UVM Cancer Center first joined forces with the Lake Monsters in 2023 to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention. Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in Vermont and Vermont has the nation’s second highest per-capita rate of new melanoma cases in the nation. The best way to prevent skin cancer is by limiting sun exposure which is why in 2023, the UVM Cancer Center sponsored six sunscreen dispensers around the grandstand at Centennial Field. This summer, the Lake Monsters will continue to offer free SPF 30 through these dispensers as well as mid-inning sun safety education trivia.

Beyond skin cancer, the UVM Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement team works to educate community members about all cancer screenings and share prevention tips. Because lavender is the universal color that represents all cancer types the UVM Cancer Center is encouraging fans to wear lavender as a show of support at the June 23rd game.

More information about the Vermont Lake Monsters games can be found here.