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Hurdle Shares Inspiring Story At “Pitch for Hope” Clinic
Before the Pirates squared off against Philadelphia in a Sunday afternoon game back on June 5, more than 170 female fans from across the region took to the diamond at PNC Park to be part of an instructional baseball clinic called the “Pitch For Hope” clinic.
Bright and early at 8:30 a.m., the women began their day by stretching with Frank Velasquez, the Pirates head strength and conditioning coach, in preparation for work at four different instructional stations that focused on pitching, hitting, base running and fielding. The women practiced at the stations while receiving instruction from Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle and five members of his coaching staff -- Bench Coach Jeff Banister, Third Base Coach Nick Leyva, First Base Coach Luis Silverio, Bullpen Coach Euclides Rojas and Pitching Coach Ray Searage -- plus pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Jose Tabata.
After the on-field portion of the event was over, the women were treated to a catered picnic on The Deck above the Trib Total Media Hall of Fame Club in left field, and then stayed to watch the Pirates take on the Phillies. Proceeds from the “Pitch For Hope” clinic benefited Glimmer of Hope, a Pittsburgh-based organization that funds the only under-40 breast cancer study in the country.
During the time Hurdle has been the skipper of the Pirates, he has displayed a dynamic personality. His energy, sense of humor and candor help him command attention, and he wowed the crowd at the “Pitch For Hope” clinic. During his opening remarks, Hurdle shared the fact that his own mother -- Louise -- is a breast cancer survivor.
“I got a call from my dad on Valentine’s Day in 1991 that I needed to come home because he had some information that he needed to get to me,” Hurdle said. “When I got home he sat me down and told me that my mother had breast cancer and that they were going to figure out a way to go at it, attack it and hopefully get her in a much better position.
“It was the first time that I had seen my father cry to that point in my life. I was 34 years old and I had never seen a tear drop out of my father’s eye. He was visibly shaken, but after that my mom went about the radiation treatments. They took that route and did 25 radiation treatments. And 20 years later now, my mother is still pushing forward and doing great.
“That’s been a great victory for our family. So obviously we’re sensitive to cancer research, providing hope, seeking a cure for cancer -- all of that. So anything that we can do as a family to back it, we’re all in.”
Diana Napper, who founded Glimmer of Hope, was impressed with Hurdle and said he was an inspiration to the women at the clinic who are battling cancer.
“What that did was give women who were newly diagnosed a great deal of hope that, ‘Hey if Clint’s mother is alive that long then I can be alive that long too,’” she said. “He was very uplifting to the women there who are going through treatment. As far as being a motivational speaker or person, he radiates positive energy. You see it in his team and you also saw it among these women.
“People might put Clint Hurdle on a pedestal for his ability to win baseball games. We do that with a lot of people that are in sports. We say, ‘Wow this guy is really a great catcher or a great pitcher or a great coach.’ But it’s the good they do for the community that, to me, sets them apart from everybody else and I really see that with Clint. He’s a tremendous person.”
Pirates Charities donated $10,000 to Glimmer Of Hope as a result of the “Pitch For Hope” clinic and Napper said the money will be put towards the upgrading of ultrasound equipment that’s used to detect breast cancer at Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Allegheny Health System.
“I always receive a few e-mails after any event, but I received a lot of e-mails after this one,” Napper said. “I’m telling you this was one of the nicest experiences that a lot of these women have had and I just think it says a lot about the Pirates organization. Pittsburghers are a different breed. They love to support other Pittsburghers, and the Pirates are a great example of that.”
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- Special Thanks to Heath and Katie Miller and the Pittsburgh Steeler organization for allowing our mission of "Hope" to spread across the country. It is with a grateful heart we post this message and acknowledge all the good you do in the community. Thank you for a great season.