October is Play 4 the Cure Month!

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Make A Difference! Play Pink! Play 4 the Cure!

By: Wendy Orrison
Head Field Hockey Coach

Play 4 The Cure was launched last year by a few field hockey coaches and a field hockey supply company, Longstreth, as an annual fundraising initiative for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The Washington and Lee field hockey team decided to become involved in the Play 4 the Cure event as Breast cancer has directly affected some of the players and coaches.

Breast cancer affects one out of every eight women in the United States. In 2007, almost 180,500 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed; and although that number has decreased from previous years, there are still more than 40,000 deaths annually from this disease. October is the height of the field hockey playing season in the United States and October is also the month when the National spotlight shines on breast cancer awareness.

Our homecoming game on Saturday will be our 2009 game 4 the Cure this season.  The girls designed and ordered t-shirts that they will sell on campus and at the game.  All of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  We will wear pink wrist bands and play with a pink ball on Saturday.  Last year we raised over $1300.00 and hope to do even better this year.  The merger of passion for our sport and a give back opportunity during our peak playing season make for the ultimate winning combination of athletics and humanitarianism.

Last year’s game was a wonderful event.  Playing with pink was a reminder to all of us to appreciate our health and to live each day to its fullest.  The humanitarian event pulled the team together while grounding all of us.  As much as we love to win a game, Play 4 the Cure serves as a good reminder that there are more important battles in life.   Once again we take the field in honor of Pat and in memory of Jen.

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