BABSON PARK, Mass.—All nine New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey institutions will be participating in the fourth annual Play4theCure Day as part of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Babson hosts Clark University on Saturday at 12 p.m.
The other three Saturday games feature Mount Holyoke College at Wellesley College at 12 p.m., WPI at Wheaton College at 12 p.m., and Springfield College at Smith College at 1 p.m. MIT has the conference bye.
"The Play4theCure day is a great opportunity for the NEWMAC programs to unite for a cause that's greater than our own," said Babson head field hockey coach Julie Ryan, who formed the idea while helping organize the event. "Whether it's a mother, aunt or family friend, we all have been touched by cancer in one way or another, and this day allows us to honor those people in our lives who are fighting or have fought the good fight."
Babson is hosting the event for the eighth time in the last nine years. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support this worthy cause. All proceeds from each of the sites will be donated to the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) and be put toward research in breast cancer and lymphoma. Donations can be made online or at the game with cash or checks made payable to NFCR. Play4theCure and NFCR teamed up to fight cancer in May 2013.
Tina Reinprecht, who is the founder, director and head coach of Mystx Field Hockey Club in Feasterville, Pa., and a current board member of USA Field Hockey, founded Play4theCure in 2006. An inaugural indoor benefit tournament for breast cancer research was held, and over $11,000 was raised in two years.
Play4theCure has since expanded to include many recreational sports programs, as well as middle school, high school and collegiate teams. Play4theCure's corporate partner, Longstreth Women's Sports, provides free cancer awareness kits that contain ideas and promotional materials for raising funds. The kits also include a pink field hockey ball and wristbands to participating field hockey teams.
The NFCR is a leading cancer research charity dedicated to funding cancer research and public education relating to cancer prevention, earlier diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for cancer. Since 1973, NFCA has provided over $350 million in support of discovery-oriented cancer research. Visit NFCR.org for more information on Play4theCure.