"Do It for Duffy" Wristbands On Sale Tuesday

STARKVILLE, Miss. - "Do It For Duffy," the campaign to raise financial assistance for injured former Mississippi State baseball player Ryan Duffy, formally launches this week on the Mississippi State campus.

The Mississippi State baseball team will be selling the $5 maroon wristbands bearing the campaign slogan and the team's distinctive "baseball MS" logo. Over-the-counter sales are set to begin Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at the MSU Baseball Office Building adjacent to Dudy Noble Field and the Palmeiro Center.

This weekend members of Mississippi State's current baseball team, the 2011 Diamond Girls, baseball foster parents and others within the MSU baseball family will be selling the wristbands at selected sites in the tailgate areas surrounding Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State's football Bulldogs host Alcorn State Saturday in an 11 a.m. football game.

All funds from the wristband sales and other donations collected will go to the Duffy family to provide financial assistance for the former Diamond Dog's mounting medical expenses.

"There are two reasons why we wanted to do the wristbands," said third-year Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen. "One is to promote an awareness of Ryan's situation, and the other is to help with Ryan and his family's financial needs."

Duffy sustained a critical neck injury in a mid-August diving accident in Florida. He has remained in the intensive care unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla., while recovering from neck and spinal cord injuries.

Wristband sales will be ongoing while supplies last and additional donations to Ryan's recovery fund accepted through the MSU Baseball Office.

Duffy, from Malabar, Fla., lettered in baseball as a catcher and outfielder at Mississippi State, posted a .334 career batting average in 132 games played from 2007 to 2010. He posted the team's second-highest batting average (.358) and home run total (10) last spring.

For additional information on participating in or assisting with the "Do It For Duffy" campaign, contact the MSU Baseball Office (662-325-3597).

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