Suns dedicate their season to Akers, fund

May 08, 2012
  • Mitchell Akers
Mitchell Akers

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Suns were honored to have employed Mitchell Akers.

Now, the baseball team wants to honor his memory.

The Suns announced the team will be dedicating their 2012 season to the memory of Mitchell Akers, which will be celebrated on June 1 when Hagerstown plays Delmarva.

Akers, an 18-year-old Smithsburg High School senior, died on April 11 from a head injury sustained from a fall while working at Municipal Stadium.

“We all feel terrible and want to help keep Mitchell’s memory alive and honor him by helping to raise money for the scholarship fund started in his name,” said Bruce Quinn, the Hagerstown Suns president and majority owner. “This is something we all wanted to do and we hope every employee will get involved.”

The team will donate $5 from every ticket sold for the June 1 game to the Mitchell Akers Leopards Spirit Memorial Scholarship Fund. Representatives from the fund will collect donations throughout the game.

It will be the first of five yearly scholarship drives that the Suns plan to host for the next five seasons to remember Akers.

“We will honor Mitchell by assisting with the scholarship fund by helping to raise money for it for the next five years,” Quinn said. “His parents put the fund together and we want to help bring awareness to the fund.”

As part of the dedication, the Suns players and coaches will wear patches bearing Akers’ initials on their home uniforms.

— Bob Parasiliti

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