High school baseball season has kicked into high gear – but not all the action is on the field.
Next Wednesday, April 26, Chapel Hill takes on East Chapel Hill in their big rivalry game. But runs and hits won’t be the most important thing that day: it’ll be dollars and cents.
That’s because this year, the Tigers and Wildcats are joining forces to raise money to fight childhood cancer, thanks to one Chapel Hill Tiger who’s been leading his team in the cause for three years.
Garrett Liebe is a senior at CHHS and the Tigers’ starting catcher. But he’s also spent much of his life dedicated to the fight against cancer. Years ago, he connected with Chase Jones, the former UNC baseball player who started the Vs. Cancer Foundation after his own cancer diagnosis. Liebe worked with Jones on a fundraiser then for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and the issue stuck.
So when Liebe got to Chapel Hill High, he picked up the fight again. As a sophomore, he organized his fellow Tigers to raise money for the Vs. Cancer Foundation – and the team’s been doing it ever since. Each year, the Tigers choose one game to raise funds for Vs. Cancer; in the last three years they’ve raised more than $23,000.
And this year, the fundraiser is heading to the next level – because the East Chapel Hill Wildcats are joining in. Together, they’re hoping to raise 20,000 dollars for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. Liebe and Chapel Hill head coach Lee Land says they’re already more than halfway there.
“I think the competition will drive it,” says Land.
WCHL’s high school baseball play-by-play announcer Bill Petty spoke with Garrett Liebe and Lee Land.
For more information – and to donate to the cause – visit the CHHS baseball team’s page on Vs-Cancer.org.