Centre field hockey team makes a difference with Stick It to Cancer
When the Centre field hockey team plays Bellarmine University on Sept. 26, they’ll do more than score goals: they’ll also unite with the Centre community to Stick It to Cancer.
The game, at 7 p.m. on the new turf field in Centre’s South Campus Athletic Complex, is part of an event to raise funds for the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR), which promotes Stick It to Cancer fundraising events across the country.
“Teams both on the college and high school level can sign up their school to host a Stick it to Cancer event in which all proceeds made at the event goes to funding life-saving cancer research,” says head coach Jenelle Anthony. “The event will promote cancer awareness by encouraging players and fans to distribute educational materials, collect donations and designate any proceeds to cancer research.”
Previous Stick It to Cancer events hosted by the field hockey team have been highly successful—but the team is hoping to raise even more funds this year.
“We ended up raising close to $3,000 last year for the NFCR and we hope to exceed that amount this year,” Anthony says. “It is such a special event because it brings students, professors, parents, players and members of the community together for a good cause.”
There are many ways to help the Centre field hockey team Stick It to Cancer, including making a donation through the team’s Stick It to Cancer webpage, buying a $2 ticket to the game against Bellarmine and participating in fundraising activities at the event.
“People can give money by bidding in our silent auction, purchasing concessions and apparel, purchasing an official Centre College Field Hockey Stick It to Cancer t-shirt or by writing out a check to the National Foundation for Cancer research and giving it to one of the members of the Centre College Field Hockey team or staff,” Anthony says. “We will also be having a sign-up sheet upon entry for a halftime relay race and the winner will receive a team-autographed Centre Field Hockey jersey!”
Women on the field hockey team are excited at the opportunity to unite as both a team and a larger community to make a difference.
“The Stick It to Cancer game means a lot to us as a team,” says Courtney Kiuper ’14. “This game reminds us that there is much more to a team than just winning. It gives us the chance to focus on more important things in life and to work towards helping others. This game gives each of us the chance to make a difference in someone else’s life.”
“Everyone really enjoys the experience of being able to do something for a good cause,” says Barbara Parks ’13. “The support we get from other campus teams and organizations also really affects our team—it really strengthens the sense of campus community and we wouldn’t be able to put this event together without their help.”
“This is something we are all fighting for that’s bigger than ourselves, bigger than field hockey and bigger than the team,” says CeCe Lindsey ’13. “It puts things in perspective and really gives us that drive to compete.”
Anthony and the team are looking forward to seeing everyone come together to Stick It to Cancer at the event.
“Cancer affects many of us in all different ways, and we hope that with our support from the Centre Field Hockey team and Centre College, that the NFCR will get that much closer to finding a cure for all different forms of the disease,” she says.