Nevada hosts "Lace Up 4 Cancer" series at Hixson Park

The Nevada softball team returns home this weekend and will support a good cause at the same time.

RENO, Nev. – Following its back-to-back series wins, the Nevada softball team will hold its Lace Up 4 Cancer series at Hixson Park when the team welcomes San José State April 6-8. The weekend will be capped off on Sunday, April 8 when the Wolf Pack celebrates Jayme King Day as the team will hold a special pregame ceremony in honor of its former player.

“This weekend is really more about something that is greater than ourselves,” Nevada head coach Josh Taylor said. “We often forget how fortunate we are and the kinds of opportunities we are given and I think what we have planned at Hixson Park this weekend is a great reminder of how we can really help others.”

On Friday, April 6, Nevada will play in its annual Lace Up 4 Cancer game. The opening game of the series versus the Spartans will see the Wolf Pack players wear golden laces on their cleats to raise awareness and fight pediatric cancer. One of the overarching goals for Lace Up 4 Cancer is to helps kids with the disease achieve their dreams and improve the lives of children who are fighting the battle.

Saturday’s contest will be Pediatrics Day, which will comprise of a book drive for the Renown Miracle Children’s Network. Fans are asked to bring new or gently used children’s books that can be donated to Landen’s Little Library located inside the Renown Children’s Hospital.

The Pack’s weekend will wrap up on Sunday when Nevada hosts Jayme King Day to honor its former player who lost her battle with cancer in 2015. Prior to the start of the game, Nevada will hold a ceremony in which Wolf Pack players will release teal-colored balloons in the sky.

King was a local product from Fernley, Nevada and competed for the Wolf Pack softball team for one season in 2011, where she started in 36 games. That summer, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, and underwent multiple rounds of chemotherapy over the next few years before losing her fight in 2015. She was 24.

Kids are also welcomed to come to Hixson Park for free the entire series as the Pack will hold Little League Day on Sunday as well. To attend this weekend’s events and see Nevada in action, be sure to purchase your tickets on NevadaWolfPack.com.

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