Hornet Field Hockey Raises $1,100 for the Cure

For immediate release – 10/31/2012 - #142
Hornet Field Hockey Raises $1,100 for the Cure

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College field hockey team sponsored a "Play 4 the Cure" event on October 3 that raised $1,100 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation which supports breast cancer research and awareness.

"As a coach, I have had past and current players, their parents, and family members fight the battle," said head coach Enza Steele. "So we decided to do as much as possible to raise money for the cause."

The field hockey team played against Washington & Lee University with pink socks and pink game balls, followed by the men's soccer game against Roanoke College who played in pink socks with a pink game ball as well. The field hockey parents pledged money for every goal scored in the 4-0 victory. The Hornets sold pink merchandise, including T-shirts, stuffed animals, bandanas and bumper stickers. There was a raffle at both games and the LC women's soccer team helped sell raffle tickets and merchandise.

John Eccles, Vice President and Dean of Student Development, performed during the half time show by trying to hit field hockey balls into the cage. His efforts helped sell numerous raffle tickets and raise even more money for charity.

Assistant field hockey coach Jessica Largent served as the event coordinator. She worked with Chris Gibbons in the SERVE office to help make this a campus-wide event.

"I am so glad we were able to raise this money for such a worthy cause," said Steele. "We look forward to doing it again and raising more money next year."

Facts: 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.