Tuesday, April 17, 2012

KCKCC softball games on Sunday in support of cancer victim

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Lady Blue Devils will be playing “Red Games for Justin Cothran” when they host Missouri Valley Sunday afternoon.

A longtime assistant softball coach at KCKCC, Cothran was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma cancer in February of 2011; underwent surgery that March and continues to undergo chemotherapy.

“We’re calling it the Red Games because that’s the color associated with the type of cancer he has,” says Coach Kacy Tillery.

A well-known softball coach in amateur circles, Cothran has coached and worked at the Wyandotte County Softball complex for more than 20 years.

He’s been an assistant at KCKCC for 13 years including the last 11 with Tillery. Three Cothran daughters have played at KCKCC including Katie, a shortstop on this year’s Blue Devil team.

There will be no charge for the Missouri Valley games, which will be played at the KCKCC softball complex at noon and 2 p.m.

However, bracelets members of the team purchased last year in support of Cothran will be on sale at the game and in the softball office for $5.