Every year, the Boston College Eagles travel to Fort Myers, Florida to play the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game marking the start of Major League Baseball's Spring Training. It's usually the first opportunity for fans to see their heroes wearing the familiar white home uniforms that will be on display all summer at Fenway Park.
This year, though, there will be a different feel.
The Red Sox and Eagles are tossing aside their regular uniforms to help fight ALS. The teams will wear the same style uniform with different colors in honor of Pete Frates when they meet on March 3rd at JetBlue Park at Fenway South.
The uniforms will carry slogan and patches in honor of the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease, and they'll be auctioned off with proceeds going to charity.
Frates' story became a worldwide phenomenon last summer thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, raising over $100 million for research for a cure. Frates was diagnosed in March 2012 and has since become a Boston College icon as the Director of Baseball Operations.
The exhibition with the Red Sox comes after 11 regular season games for the Eagles, one day before they travel north to Tallahassee to open ACC play at Florida State.