RICHMOND, Va. – One of the most heated college baseball rivalries in the state of Virginia and all of the country will be put aside to honor the late VCU Baseball Coach Paul Keyes (ODU '84), who lost his courageous battle with cancer in November of 2012, when VCU and Old Dominion meet on the baseball diamond later this month.
The Rams and Monarchs will play in the first-ever Key Dog Strike Out Cancer Classic on April 23 at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, Va., with first pitch set at 7 p.m.
Keyes was Head Coach of the Rams for 18 years amassing 603 wins. He was also a four-year letter winner and standout for the Monarch baseball team, graduating from Old Dominion in 1984.
General admission tickets are on-sale now through the Peninsula Pilot's ticket office for $5 each. Fans can also opt to purchase the ticket and button package (buttons will have each school's classic logo) for $10 with the extra $5 being donated to the Keyes family. Students from both universities will receive free admission with a valid student ID.
Fans can also purchase t-shirts to support the Key Dog Classic in their respective team colors through bonfirefunds.com. The t-shirt campaign is a 10-day drive starting April 3. Each t-shirt is $25 with proceeds going to the Keyes family. To purchase a t-shirt click here.
Both the Rams and Monarchs will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game. Also after the game, student-athletes from each team will be shaving their heads as part of the St. Baldrick's Foundation's "Basebald," which raises money and awareness for childhood cancer.
Tickets are available online by clicking here or through the Pilots' box office at 757-245-2222. All proceeds, including tickets, t-shirt sales, buttons, etc., will be donated to Paul's wife, Trisha, and family.