FSU raises money, awareness for ALS
Notes: Roache named POW, leads country with 18 home runs
Florida State senior pitcher Tyler Everett’s start on Wednesday will be a special one as he shares the night with his father Jimmy, who is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Seminoles will hold their second annual ALS Awareness Night at Dick Howser Stadium in conjunction with their game against Florida Gulf Coast.
Jimmy, a wide receiver for FSU in 1971-74 and a long-time high school coach in Tallahassee, was diagnosed in 2009 with the progressive, neurodegenerative disease. It also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease because it ended the New York Yankees star’s career in 1939, and eventually took his life two years later. ALS has no known cure.
The ALS Association Florida Chapter will be on hand for the game, providing information about the disease and selling $1 red bracelets to raise awareness. Fans interested in giving will be able to Text "ALS" to 2022 and make a $5 donation. FSU will also auction off specially designed, game-worn jerseys and other items from the game on its athletics website.
"When you see someone as close as Jimmy Everett is to our program, you certainly want to do everything you can to get involved," Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. "That's what we're trying to do as a university and as a baseball program; try to get involved and help in any way that that we can."
Last season, Jimmy Everett threw out the first pitch at ALS Awareness Night, but the disease has progressed over the last year and he is now in a wheelchair. However, he plans to be in attendance to see Tyler make his first start of the year. Tyler also started last year’s contest against Charleston Southern. He has compiled a 1-1 record and 1.74 ERA in seven relief appearances this season.
“It’s cool that I’ll be down there with my dad before starting the game,” Tyler said. “Hopefully, I won’t just be in there for one inning this year. I want to go out there and do my best and do it for him.”
Tyler is thankful for the support of the baseball program and university as his family deals with his father’s failing health.
“It feels great to have everyone behind us, and that our team and our clubhouse are rallying around him,” Tyler said. “It’s great to have an opportunity to be a part of this. It’s nice to have the security of people that care about this and know that I can talk about anything.”
Since Tyler is attending college in his hometown of Tallahassee, he is able to spend extra time with father and cherishes every moment they have together.
“It can be long or short, and they haven’t found a cure for it yet,” Tyler said. “It’s tough to see the people you love suffer. It’s hard to see how it progresses … you wish it was you that it actually happened to. It’s tough, but at the same time, I wouldn’t want to get a phone call saying that he passed away suddenly. I can have more time to spend with him.”
Need to Know
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• Georgia Southern sophomore outfielder Victor Roache picked up Southern Conference's Player of the Week for the second time this season after an explosive week at the plate. He also was selected NCBWA Pro-Line Athletic National Hitter of the Week. Roache homered in all five games last week and helped the Eagles to a series win against Western Carolina. A native of Ypsilanti, Mich., Roache batted .563 with five homers and 13 RBIs. He slugged 1.563, while scoring nine times and walking six times and leads the nation with 18 home runs this season.
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