Field hockey team hosts third annual Play 4 The Cure game
Centre’s field hockey team is no stranger to community outreach, and team members will be showcasing their commitment to service with the third-annual Play for the Cure game on Tuesday, October 29th.
Previously known as the Stick it to Cancer game, Play for the Cure raises funds for the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR).
“Over the past two years, we’ve raised over $4,000 for the NFCR,” says field hockey head coach Jenelle Anthony, “and we hope to do the same, if not more, at this year’s event.”
Though the game is primarily a fundraiser, Anthony stresses that it is also an important way to raise awareness in the Danville and Boyle County community.
“We’re inviting the entire community, as well as Centre faculty, staff and students to a game that is entertaining and fun for all ages,” she says.
For Anthony, the event not only raises money for a good cause but also gives her athletes a chance to participate in something bigger than themselves.
“I believe it’s important for our team to participate in events like this one because it teaches the importance of giving back to the community, of coming together as one to benefit many,” she explains. “This game is a lot of fun for our players and their friends and family. We make the community feel as if they are part of our team on this night, and I feel that is why we have had such great success with this event and hope to continue the tradition for many years.”
For many of the field hockey players, including Chelsea Klein ’14, the game has a specific significance.
“My grandmother recently passed away from cancer, so cancer research is a cause that is very close to my heart,” she explains. “Being able to get so many people together to support the same cause is truly a touching experience. It is such a humbling feeling to know that we are helping to make a difference in the world simply by playing a game that we love.”
The 7 p.m. game will be complemented by a silent auction, food vendors and a bake sale, as well as a half-time relay race, the winner of which will receive a Centre field hockey team autographed jersey. All of these events and activities also benefit NFCR.
“This night is about the importance of coming together to help others in need, and we hope that everyone will come join us and our team,” says Anthony.
By Mariel Smith