Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team raises awareness for childhood brain cancer at the 2021 College World Series | Sports News
OMAHA — The Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team, better known as the “Vandy Boys,” went to Omaha for the 2021 College World Series to support a Nebraska nonprofit called the Team Jack Foundation. During Sunday practice on June 20, the day after their CWS first-round win over Arizona, the team wore Team Jack t-shirts that read “TWICE THE FIGHT” and matching wristbands. That evening, the Vandy Boys posted a video and several photos of the players wearing the wristbands and shirts and shared them on three of their social media platforms with nearly half a million followers. The posts read: “Proud to support the @TeamJackFoundation in childhood brain cancer awareness.” 2021 Gold Glove Award winner Enrique Bradfield, Jr. is shown in the dugout during practice wearing the Twice the Fight t-shirt. Vandy ace, Jack Leiter and home run hitting third baseman, Jayson Gonzalez and more continued to wear the Twice the Fight wristbands all week, creating additional awareness.
The Twice the Fight phrase kicked off last July when Andy Hoffman, co-founder of Team Jack, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor called glioblastoma. This came after Andy tirelessly advocated funding and raising awareness of childhood brain cancer research for nearly a decade after his five-year-old son Jack was diagnosed in 2011. The Hoffman family had to fight two brain tumors in their family and had to double up and fight twice as hard. Sadly, after fighting bravely for seven months, Andy passed away in March 2021. Jack is continuing a clinical trial to fight his brain tumor and has recently had a stable scan.