Rays continue spring training tradition of shaving heads for charity

Of all the spring training traditions that exist, the best one may well belong to the Tampa Bay Rays. In recent years, many players, coaches, front office staff and now even fans, have shaved their heads as a tribute to children fighting cancer and to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Cut for A Cure.

The event is called “Fortune Favors The Bald” and the tradition continued on Sunday prior to the Rays battle against the Boston Red Sox. At 10:45 a.m just outside Charlotte Sports Park, the clipping and shaving began with Rays manager Joe Maddon being among the first to take a seat.

To show support for those participating and those fighting the disease, fans were encouraged to make a donation at the game or online at pcfcutforacure.org. Fans are also welcome to sit in the barber's chair themselves, or they can receive a t-shirt commemorating the event with a $100 donation.

"For us, it's about being there for the kids and their families." Joe Maddon recently told the Tampa Bay Times. "We want them to know they are not alone. It's a small gesture, but it is our way of showing support for them while gaining empathy for what they are going through."

Here are a few more shots from the wonderful event.

No, no Wil Myers in the barber's chair on Sunday. He's leaving his big hair alone. But he did make a $500 donation, so all is good.

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