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Pet project: Heaney's Pup Cup supports CHOC

5K race will raise funds for hospital's therapy-dog program
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ANAHEIM -- Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney is bringing the Pup Cup to Orange County.

Heaney and his wife, Jordan, are hosting the second annual 5K race at Bolsa Chica State Beach on Saturday morning to benefit the Children's Hospital of Orange County. Participants have the option of running with their dogs, as the event aims to raise funds for CHOC's therapy-dog program.

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ANAHEIM -- Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney is bringing the Pup Cup to Orange County.

Heaney and his wife, Jordan, are hosting the second annual 5K race at Bolsa Chica State Beach on Saturday morning to benefit the Children's Hospital of Orange County. Participants have the option of running with their dogs, as the event aims to raise funds for CHOC's therapy-dog program.

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Heaney, a proud owner of two dogs, Sadie and Charlie, said he was moved to support the cause after seeing the impact that therapy dogs have on children during his visits to CHOC with the Angels.

Tweet from @Heandog8: We are excited to host the first #pupcuporangecounty2018 to benefit Children���s Hospital of Orange County! Race day is right around the corner (7/28) so make sure you sign up to run, bring your dog, meet vendors & hang out w me at Bolsa Chica Beach! Link to sign up is in my bio! pic.twitter.com/p9Js0ai9mi

"We'll be in [at the hospital], Angels players," Heaney said. "That's pretty cool. But if a dog comes in, that's way cooler. [The patients] know the dogs, they're familiar with them, and you can tell how much that brightens up their day. I want to help contribute to that and have that continue to happen."

The event is being organized by Pastime with Purpose, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization affiliated with Heaney's agency, ICON Sports. Pastime with Purpose also staged the inaugural Pup Cup last year in Oklahoma City. Details on the race can be found at Runsignup.com.

Tweet from @Heandog8: Less than a week until the first Pup Cup Orange County! Can���t wait to see you and your pups bright and early this Saturday! 🏃���������🏃���������🐶 pic.twitter.com/REiTBIS32

Trout receives Heart & Hustle nod

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced Tuesday that Mike Trout has been named the Angels' 2018 Heart & Hustle Award winner. The award, which is voted on by former players, honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. Trout was also named MLB's overall winner of the award in 2012.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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