Thursday, July 31, 2014
Charleston RiverDogs general manager Dave Echols has agreed to undergo a prostate exam while singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch at Saturday's game against the Hagerstown Suns.
Echols accepted the challenge from Myrtle Beach Pelicans Vice President and general manager Andy Milovich who received his own in-game exam at a Pelicans game last week.
Milovich and Echols aim to raise awareness and support for Fallon Emery, a nine-year-old girl from Carolina Forest, South Carolina who's fighting brain cancer and receiving treatment at the Medical University of South Carolina. If fans can push the “Fierce Fallon” Facebook page to 13,000 likes by Saturday, Echols will embark on the unique “Two-Knuckle Challenge.”
“Joining the 'Two-Knuckle Challenge' in support of Fallon Emery is a unique way to back this important cause,” Echols said. “As a Minor League Baseball franchise, multi-tasking is nothing new for us, but a prostate exam while singing during the seventh-inning stretch is definitely a distinctive endeavor. I just hope that once we get enough likes for 'Fierce Fallon' that I can pull through this exam with a clean bill of health.”
Echols follows Milovich and Lake Elsinore Storm owner and president Dave Oster in the challenge as part of the Play It Forward initiative.
Play It Forward helps generate outreach programs for local sports teams nationwide by working alongside local businesses to implement positive energy programs in the community and eventually encouraging other teams and communities to play it forward.
Echols was challenged by Milovich Tuesday on YouTube and will be expected to nominate the next participant in the “Two-Knuckle Challenge.”
Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure will also be at Saturday's game to host a silent auction of team-signed memorabilia to raise money for the fight against prostate cancer.