Players From the Greys to have Heads’ Shaved Before Game
The Gateway Grizzlies and the Frontier Greys are happy to announce that the teams will be joining up to host a Head Shave event for the HIS Kids Organization on Thursday, August 20th, at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, IL. As many as 8 players from the Frontier Greys are expected to have their heads shaved by children from the HIS Kids group prior to the game on Thursday.
HIS Kids is an organization that provides support to kids affected by cancer, as well as their families, and has been serving the St. Louis for over 30 years. The organization was founded in 1984 by Jim and Connie Miles, after they lost their 11-year-old daughter, Marcia, to cancer. The organization’s main purpose is to provide the emotional support needed for families affected by the disease, through various events such as family networking, holiday events, summer camps, family weekends, counseling, and more.
The idea for the Head Shave event stemmed from Camp HIS Kids, which is an annual summer camp for kids and their siblings put on every year by the organization. Earlier this year, Greys’ Pitching Coach Billy Bryk Jr., who lost his sister Becky to cancer as a kid, organized for several of the Greys’ members to accompany him to the camp as camp counselors. It was at the camp where Bryk was introduced to 8-year-old Kiera, who inspired Bryk to want to shave his head in support of her battle. After meeting Kiera, and so many like her at the camp, Bryk Jr. realized he wanted to do something for the kids, and the idea for the Head Shave event was born.
As of Monday, members of the Greys who will be taking part in the event include: Bryk Jr., Kyle Bogese, Brent Choban, Max Duval, Collin Feldtman, Jordan Kraus, Matt Williams, Shane Brown, and Michael Antonio. Bryk Jr. explained Monday why he felt the event was such a good idea, “I’ve always liked to give back and cancer is something that really hits home with me because of my sister”, Bryk recalled, “I try to do something like this in every city I go to because, not only does it bring joy to so many of these kids that are going through a lot, but it also opens some eyes of our players, and gets them to put things into perspective a little more, which makes them better ballplayers and better people.”
The event will be held at 6:30 PM Thursday, at the Kid Zone at GCS Ballpark. HIS Kids will have a designated table set up on the main concourse of the ballpark, where fans can go for more information or to donate to their Donation Box that they will have on-hand throughout the game.
Fans interested in attending the event and the game can contact the Gateway Grizzlies box office at 618-337-3000 or purchase tickets at the ticket booth just outside the stadium.