Centre field hockey will Stick it to Cancer during charity game
When the Centre field hockey team plays Bellarmine University on September 14, they’ll be doing more than scoring goals: they’ll also be Sticking it to Cancer.
The Stick it to Cancer game will take place at 8 p.m. in Farris Stadium. The Centre field hockey team will donate all proceeds from the $2 entrance fee to cancer research along with proceeds from a raffle and other items, including baked goods, Play for the Cure apparel and more.
“The purpose of the game is to fundraise for the National Foundation for Cancer Research,” says Jenelle Anthony, Centre’s new head field hockey coach. “Our fundraising contributions will continue to help support research for all forms of the disease, which affects so many of us in different ways.”
Members of the field hockey team will be fully decked out in pink, the color of cancer awareness, wearing pink uniforms and socks and wrapping their sticks in pink stick tape.
Centre hosted a Stick it to Cancer field hockey game last year to great success. Anthony has also participated in similar events with previous field hockey teams.
“I thought [a Stick it to Cancer event] would be great idea for Centre field hockey,” Anthony says. “I am very big on philanthropy and giving back, and the team and I decided it would be a great event to host and fundraise for.”
Patty Cowley ’12 has found that the universality of cancer has brought the team together and encouraged them to give their all to the Stick it to Cancer event.
“I think the most meaningful part of hosting a game like this is the fact that almost everyone on the team has been affected by cancer in some way, and this game really makes us feel like we are making a difference,” she says. “It has brought us closer together because we are totally in charge of it, and we are working together really well to make sure that it is successful.”
Everyone on the team has high expectations for the event.
“The team is incredibly excited for the game and the event as a whole. They have come up with some great ideas and formed committees to ensure that this event will be a success,” Anthony says. “Being involved with charities and philanthropic events is something that every person should feel the need to help out with, and our team rose to the occasion 100 percent.”
Anna Fuller ’13 believes that the Stick it to Cancer game will not only benefit cancer survivors but also will serve as a bonding moment for the field hockey team.
“Doing an event like Stick it to Cancer helps bring our team closer as a whole. Since we have to raise money and collect donations on our own, it forces us to work as a team to make sure the event goes smoothly as well as benefits cancer research,” she says.
Anthony and Fuller are optimistic that the Stick it to Cancer game will draw a large crowd.
“We hope that the Centre community as well as the Danville community will come out and support our cause,” Fuller says.