BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College and its fellow New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey programs will be participating in the fifth annual Play4theCure Day as part of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday.
The 11th-ranked Beavers host Smith College at 12 p.m., while other NEWMAC contests feature WPI at MIT, Mount Holyoke at Wheaton and Springfield at Wellesley. Clark will take on UMass Dartmouth in non-conference action.
"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 will host the event for the ninth time in the last 10 years. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support this worthy cause, and 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.
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, which teamed up with NFCR in 2013, 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.