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 sixth annual Play4theCure Day as part of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday.
The 19th-ranked Beavers travel to Mount Holyoke College for a 2 p.m. match, while other NEWMAC contests include Springfield at WPI, Wellesley at Clark and MIT at Smith. Saturday's event will mark the 10th time in the last 11 seasons that Babson has participated in a Play4theCure game. 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.
"The Play4TheCure game has become a special tradition for the NEWMAC field hockey programs," commented Babson head coach Julie Ryan. "It's great to be able to put aside our rivalries and come together for a cause far greater than our sport. 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."
Play4TheCure is the sport fundraising program for the National Foundation for Cancer Research which provides funding worldwide to the best scientists to enable cutting edge research that other large cancer organizations can't and won't fund. Play4TheCure inspires young athletes and their teams to leverage their passion for sports to "Play4" loved ones affected by cancer and encourages them to actively participate in working to fund cancer research to make a difference.
Play4TheCure was founded in 2006 by Tina Reinprecht, coach of the Mystx Field Hockey Club in Feasterville, PA and a current board member of USA Field Hockey. Play4TheCure began as an annual indoor field hockey tournament to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
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.