A new partnership between a national men's baseball league and the ALS Association is expected to score big in raising funds and awareness in the fight against this devastating disease.
The Men's Senior Baseball/Men's Adult Baseball League announced Tuesday that it has partnered with the ALS Association in the fight against ALS. The MSBL/MABL is often considered to be the country's premier amateur baseball league for adults 18 years of age and older,
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke describes ALS as a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cell. People with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis.
As a new national partner, the MSBL says its organizational goal "is to tap the vast reserves of charitable good will from its leagues across the country to help speed scientific and medical advances in the fight against ALS."
The league will participate in and promote various fundraising and awareness-building efforts, specifically the Walk to Defeat ALS. Proceeds from the events, which take place nationwide, support patient care programs and ALS research. Association chapters will have the opportunity to collaborate with local MSBL leagues for Walks and other events. MSBL leagues will also have the chance to participate in third-party fundraising events at The Association, such as the One Dollar Difference.
"As we approach the 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous farewell to baseball, we felt the time was right for the nation's largest adult amateur baseball league to take up the fight against this horrible disease that is so closely linked to our sport," said MSBL Founder and President, Steve Sigler.
"The ALS Association is honored to be selected as MSBL's new national charity," said Jane H. Gilbert, President & CEO of the ALS Association. "This partnership will absolutely help to spread ALS awareness in communities across the nation, which will help us to further advance our vision of creating a world without ALS."
The MSBL sponsors six national tournaments each year including its marquis events – the MSBL World Series in Tempe, Ariz., and the Fall Classic now held in Jupiter, Fla.