The Illinois State baseball program partnered with the Vs. Cancer Foundation in an effort to raise money to fund childhood cancer research.

After setting a team goal of raising $10,000, the Redbirds raised $12,311. Following Illinois State’s Missouri Valley Conference game against Creighton in May, the entire team, coaching staff, and support staff shaved their heads to support the foundation.

“This event speaks to the strength of our baseball family here,” pitching coach Bill Mohl said. “Everyone is impacted by cancer, and our team made it a priority to reach our goal.”

The Vs. Cancer foundation was founded by former North Carolina baseball player Chase Jones, who was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer in 2006. His nonprofit organization focuses on fundraising for childhood cancer research, utilizing college student-athletes and communities to raise awareness.

Illinois State is still collecting donations for the cause. For more information, and to donate, visit or