Oct. 8, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis field hockey will Play4theCure in Sunday's home game against Cal to help highlight the National Foundation for Cancer Research's (NFCR) fundraising and awareness campaign.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink on Sunday, Oct. 13, to support Aggie field hockey and the NFCR; pink t-shirts are available to purchase for $15 at the game. Through recreational sports programs, middle schools, high schools and collegiate sporting events throughout the country, Play4theCure is dedicated to raising funds in support of cancer research, prevention education and early detection information to the public.
"It's important for UC Davis field hockey to find ways to give back and support programs that will benefit the public. In addition to local events that we organize, like our visit to the Shriners Hospital that took place earlier this season, we also wanted to do what we could to help bring additional awareness to Play4theCure and its mission," said UC Davis interim head coach Austin Pile.
Founded in 2006 by Christine K. Reinprecht, a current board member of USA Field Hockey, Play4theCure was originally organized as an annual indoor field hockey tournament to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. In the following years, Play4theCure has since expanded to include many recreational sports programs, as well as middle school, high school and collegiate teams.
"Today many young athletes and coaches are motivated to want to make a difference in the fight against cancer," said Franklin C. Salisbury, Jr., President of NFCR. "Play4theCure offers teams the opportunity to do what they love, while helping provide much needed resources for cancer research."
The NFCR and Play4theCure combined resources last May in an effort to reach as many people as possible on a national scale through various public programs in addition to the organization's primary mission -- finding cures for all types of cancer.
Sunday's Play4theCure game against the Golden Bears will begin at 3 p.m.; for additional information about the NFCR and its "Play4the Cure" campaign, visit http://www.nfcr.org/p4tc.