ODU Softball Hosts First Annual Friends of Jaclyn Game

Reaygn Semler

2010-03-15

COLUMBUS, OH -  On Saturday, March 20, 2010, Ohio Dominican University’s Softball Team will host NCAA Division II Ashland University in its first annual Friends of Jaclyn (FOJ) game. The game is part of the 2010 Friends of Jaclyn Week to spread awareness about pediatric brain tumors and to raise funds to support the growth of FOJ. The softball team will recognize their honorary team members and host a benefit raffle before the start of their 1:00 p.m. doubleheader. Ashland University’s softball team has also adopted a child through the FOJ program and she will also be honored.
 
Last fall, the ODU softball team adopted nine year-old Reagyn Semler of London, Ohio through FOJ. At the age of five, Reagyn was diagnosed with a brain tumor known as brain stem glioma, category 1. The tumor is located in the brain stem where all her motor nerve functions and cannot be removed by surgery; the tumor has also spread to the Thalmus area.
 
The softball team also adopted Reaygn’s sister, Baylee (12 years-old) as part of the FOJ Safe on the Sidelines program. This program allows teams to adopt siblings of the afflicted child. While most siblings are adopted by a different team, ODU decided to adopt Baylee after they made an immediate connection with her.
 
The March 20th event is at ODU’s Softball Field, main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road. The event includes: 

  • 12:30 p.m. Fundraiser (raffle) for FOJ. Recognition of ODU Softball Honorary Team members Reagyn and Baylee Semler. 
  • Raffle prizes include: signed home plate by The Ohio State University Football Head Coach Jim Tressel, four box seat tickets to a Columbus Clippers game, and gift baskets. Winners of the prizes will be announced between the double header games on Saturday. 
  • 1:00 p.m. First game between ODU and Ashland University begins. Reagyn and Baylee will both be recognized and throw out the ceremonial “first pitch”.

Reaygn and the 2010 Softball Team

FOJ is a non-profit, charitable organization that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. The program pairs children with pediatric brain tumors with a college or high school athletic team based on geographic proximity so the child can be involved with the team as much as possible. The child is "adopted" by the team and welcome at all events and functions.