CINCINNATI (May 12, 2011) – Major League Baseball recently announced the 30 winners of the 2012 Honorary Bat Girl program, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment of “Going to Bat” in the fight against the disease. 

 The winner of the Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the Cincinnati Reds is Tina Amrhein from Brookville, Indiana.

 “At age 19, Tina Amrhein lost her mother, Diane, to breast cancer, and has supported cancer awareness for years; regularly participating in events like Relay For Life. With this family history, when Tina was recently diagnosed with breast cancer she made the tough but quick decision for radical surgery, to be followed with aggressive chemotherapy. Along with being very active in their church and tirelessly helping with numerous benefit events Tina and husband Kevin, parents of two grown children, have become foster parents to two young brothers. They have volunteered as Special Olympics coaches for many years, and recently, while still suffering the effects of her first chemo treatment, Tina traveled to Terra Haute, Indiana, to cheer, as Kevin coached his men’s basketball team to the state gold medal. Motivated by her daughter’s decision to become a nurse, Tina returned to school, and had, just prior to her diagnosis, completed her nursing education, finding yet another way to help others. Tina encourages us all with her ever positive attitude, humor, and tenacity.”

 

During MLB’s annual Mother’s Day national day of recognition, Tina and her family will be special guests at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, May 13 when the Reds take on the Washington Nationals. She will be the Honorary Captain of the game and receive a custom pink Louisville Slugger bat and Honorary Bat Girl jersey.

 Also on Mother’s Day, hundreds of MLB players are expected to use pink bats by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also will be pink.

 The Honorary Bat Girl Contest was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. Along with MLB licensed partners and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, MLB raises awareness about the breast cancer cause. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit cancer research. To learn more about Major League Baseball’s charitable initiatives visit MLBCommunity.org.