The Pete Frates #3 Fund will host its second annual "Plunge 4 Pete" event on Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at 1 PM at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA. The event is a polar plunge that will help the former Boston College Eagle afflicted by ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The event will feature plungers running into the water for pledge money designed to help the fight against ALS. Following the plunge, there will be a "post-plunge celebration" featuring music, food, awards, and a cash bar, with prizes for plungers.
Pete is a 2007 graduate of Boston College, where he played baseball and captained the team during his senior year. After his time at the Heights, he played in the German Baseball League. He was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012 and afterwards was named the Director of Baseball Operations by the Boston College athletics department. Developing a unique relationship with current manager Mike Gambino, the Birdballers support Pete tirelessly in his fight against the disease.
For the past two seasons, Boston College has hosted ALS Awareness games at Commander Shea Field. This past season, BC hosted the game during a May home series with Virginia Tech. The game saw both teams wear Strikeout ALS batting practice shirts, with the Eagles donning wrist bands in honor of Pete. Online auctions were held to raise money, and raffle tickets were sold with bracelets throughout the game.
Having previously thrown out the first pitch at Fenway Park for a Boston Red Sox game, Pete was honored before a spring training game last season. He was escorted to the mound by former BC pitcher and teammate and current Red Sox farmhand Terry Doyle. He has also participated in the Old Time Baseball Game held in Boston.
Frates hit .228 with 11 homers and 56 RBI and 34 stolen bases during his time at BC. In his senior year, he tied for the team lead with five long knocks while driving in 27. He was the 2013 honoree of the Eddie Pellagrini Award for a former player giving back to the program in service.