Haynie Strike Out Cancer Tournament

PEARLAND — The Pearland Lady Oilers will host the annual "Jennifer Haynie Strike Out Cancer" Softball Tournament in honor of former Lady Oiler Jennifer Haynie and others who are presently fighting cancer or those who are cancer survivors.

Haynie graduated from PHS in 2007 and was accepted and scheduled to attend Texas A&M University to study Business and Marketing.

She was a Junior and Senior Class Officer and Chairman of the Senior Prom Committee for 2007. Jennifer especially enjoyed helping produce the OilerVision Broadcast Program at Pearland High School. She was a volunteer at Memorial Hermann Hospital and assisted with numerous fundraisers for community organizations. She regularly attended New Hope Church.

The night she threw out the first pitch in 2008, she flashed that winsome smile that everyone had come to recognize as her trademark in life.

In March of 2008, PHS Softball hosted the first-ever Strike Out Cancer night. Jennifer was the guest of honor and threw out the first pitch. Just two short months later, on May 18, 2008, Jennifer lost her courageous year-long battle with cancer. Upon her death, the Lady Oilers decided to name their annual tournament in her memory, and use it to raise money to help other softball families dealing with cancer, or to support the search for a cure for Osteosarcoma through the newly formed Haynie Spirit Bone Cancer Foundation (www.hayniespirit.org).

The tournament begins on Thursday thru Saturday, February 27-29 and about 40 teams will invade Pearland to play. Games will be played at Dawson and Pearland for area fans. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Food sponsors for the tournament include: Big Horn BBQ, Marco's Pizza, Raising Canes, Jason's Deli, Firehouse Subs in Silverlake, Chick-fil-A (East Pearland location), Casa Ole' and Central Texas BBQ.