The organization consists of 75 girls with seven officers, including a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, public relations who deal with marketing, graphic designer and spirit leader.
Outside of baseball season, during the fall, the Diamond Dolls’ conduct the Home Run Derby, an event that supports the Tim Hudson Family Foundation.
In the spring, members work constantly to promote and market the team by welcoming fans and by marketing through various promotions.
Arriving early to games and cheering constantly are other responsibilities on game days, as well as decorating the baseball locker room for inspiration.
They also work with the Diamond Club, which supports the development of the baseball team and hosts an annual baseball banquet.
“This past year, we sponsored a Miracle League as well,” said Mary Ryan, treasurer and hotel and restaurant management major,.
The Diamond Dolls’ most recent fundraiser, the Strike Out Cancer 5K on April 28, 2012, was organized by the Diamond Doll president, Julianna Young.
The Strike Out Cancer 5K, conducted every spring, takes place to continue the fight against cancer.
Inspired by baseball coach John Pawlowski, whose daughter Mary Louise Pawlowski battled cancer several years ago.
The goal of the fundraiser was to raise $10,000 for cancer research.
“To plan the race, I had to fill out a lot of paper work and make contacts within the University and City of Auburn,” Young said. “The organization had to get sponsors, plan out the race route, and hire police officers [for safety].”
Not only were participants asked to join, but also volunteers, donations and sponsorships were requested from companies such as Big Blue Bagel and Tiger Surprise.
The Strike Out Cancer 5K raised close to $8,000. All proceeds went to the East Alabama Medical Center in honor of Pawlowski’s daughter to help in cancer research efforts.
To become a Diamond Doll, informational meetings are held at the beginning of September, and the membership process continues throughout September.
“The membership process consists of an application and two rounds of interviews.” Ryan said. “The first round of interviews is based on personality, and the second round of interviews is about basic baseball knowledge.”
Once selected, individuals maintain membership status throughout the season.
“My favorite part about being a member of the Diamond Dolls was probably the friendships I made and how much fun we had at all the games,” said member Alex Boyd.
To find more information about the Auburn University Diamond Dolls, visit their Facebook page.
Information on the Strike Out Caner 5K can be found at www.strikeoutcancer5k.mynetworksolutions.com.