Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gordon Field Hockey Plays for the Cure

Clad in pink jerseys, armbands, and shoelaces and using only pink game balls, the women of Gordon’s field hockey team were fighting on Saturday not only for their spot in the postseason but also for a cure.

In their second annual “Breast Cancer Awareness Day,” the women shed their traditional blue and white for the trademark pink, creating a Facebook event and handing out informational postcards to promote the game and the cause.
“We got the idea from a foundation called ‘Play 4 the Cure’ which uses field hockey as its campaign sport,” said head coach Cory Ward. “Several teams in our conference and in the national field hockey community have run similar programs, and we felt this was a tangible way for us to get involved.”
Though not specifically designed as a fundraiser, the team hopes that carrying the tradition from year to year will at least serve to educate those from Gordon’s community and beyond and perhaps one day produce a contribution towards research.
“Many of us have been affected in one way or another by someone who has or had breast cancer,” said Ward, “so we thought this would be a nice way to honor them and do our part— however small it may be—for a cure.”

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