COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland’s Chapter of Beta Theta Pi hosted its first annual Home Runs For Lowell charity event in the hopes of raising money in the memory of a fallen friend. Testicular cancer was recently discovered to be the cause of death for Lowell Ensel, a Maryland student who died last […]
COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland’s Chapter of Beta Theta Pi hosted its first annual Home Runs For Lowell charity event in the hopes of raising money in the memory of a fallen friend.
Testicular cancer was recently discovered to be the cause of death for Lowell Ensel, a Maryland student who died last spring after passing out on a university bus. Ensel was a member of Beta Theta Pi, along with multiple other programs and clubs including Images and Honors Humanities.
The event, a home run derby, was held on Oct. 11 in the Cole Field House and raised between $4,000 and $5,000. The money will be donated to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, said junior Trevor Gibson, the organizer of the event. The funds will be earmarked for research into curing testicular cancer.
According to Gibson, a childhood friend, Ensel always loved baseball. That is where the idea for the fundraiser came from.
“We knew we (Beta Theta Pi) wanted to host a charity event for him. We realized there was no better way to do that than make the event something related to baseball,” Gibson said.
The event, which took place on the floor of Cole Field House, consisted of teams competing to see how many home runs they could hit using a metal bat and a tennis ball. Alpha Tau Omega won the men’s side of the bracket, while Zeta Tau Alpha took home the women’s crown.
“It was really fun and went very well considering it was the first time doing something like this,” said junior Nazar Bedi, who competed in the event and was a member of Images and Honors Humanities with Ensel. “Everyone really enjoyed it. It was great to see so many people who cared about Lowell in one place.”
Gibson said that he thought the event went well and had a “great turnout,” but there were some things he would like to change for next year.
“For next year, I’d like to get more corporate sponsors,” he said. “I would also like to work on reducing our costs so that we can have more money going towards the charity.”
In addition to Beta Theta Pi’s event, the Honor’s Humanities program on campus has set up a scholarship fund in Ensel’s name and is working to raise money for cancer research, Bedi said.
Moving forward, Gibson said he would like to raise awareness about testicular cancer and increase efforts to research the disease.