Pepperdine Baseball Takes Part in NephCure Amazing Race
May 2, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine baseball team took part in the third annual NephCure Amazing Race in Ventura County over the weekend, joining families, patients, friends, sponsors and volunteers on teams that raced to solve a riddle and raise awareness to find the cause and cure for Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in an "Amazing Race", scavenger hunt-like contest.
Through this event, which is a part of the NephCure Walk program, the 450 participants raised more than $32,000 in support of the NephCure Foundation's fight against the kidney diseases FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome. Participants enjoyed a fun-filled morning with breakfast, snow cones, climbing a Los Angeles County fire truck and bidding on over 130 silent auction items.
When asked about the walk, freshman infielder Drew Hacker (Moorpark, Calif./Oaks Christian), who hails from Ventura County said, "The NephCure event was an amazing opportunity for our team. We were able to support a great cause and connect with the surrounding community. At the walk, we teamed up in small groups with other families and kids and did a variety of challenges in a sort of scavenger hunt."
According to Hacker, the best part of the day was when the team met two boys that have this rare kidney disease.
"We all knew from their big smiles that they appreciated us being there at the walk, but I think we enjoyed the day just as much as they did."
Giving back to the community is an integral part of the baseball program and a cornerstone to the Pepperdine experience as a whole. Hacker explained that head coach Steve Rodriguez and his entire coaching staff constantly remind the team of how blessed they are to be at Pepperdine and that it is their responsibility to use this for the good of the community.
"We are so blessed with not only our health but also the opportunity to play baseball at Pepperdine. Just as Matthew 10:8 and the Pepperdine motto say `Freely you have received, freely give,' we hope to give back to those around us," Hacker said.
"We need to represent our school, our families and ourselves in an honorable manner," Hacker stated. "The NephCure walk was just one way that we could do this."