Athletes Raise Awareness and Money For Breast Cancer

By Hutton Jackson
A&E and Online Editor

This article was originally published in Issue 5, Fiftieth Year of The Minstrel (November 5, 2015). Click here to view the entire issue.

The men's lacrosse team cheers on the women's 5K runners. Photo by Hutton Jackson.
The men’s lacrosse team cheers on the women’s 5K runners. Photo by Hutton Jackson.

The men’s lacrosse team volunteered at the 23rd Annual Women’s 5K in Allentown on Saturday, Oct. 17. The team attends every year to assist at the event by helping with set-up and cheering on the runners.

“We’ve been doing the 5K for years, and every year it gets better and more rewarding to cheer on the women, some who are cancer survivors, run or walk for such a great cause,” says senior Tim Barry.

Senior Tim Barry embraces a 5K runner. Photo by Hutton Jackson.
Senior Tim Barry embraces a 5K runner. Photo by Hutton Jackson.

Field hockey hosted its “Play4theCure” game in which they played against Misericordia on Saturday, Oct. 17. The game raised donations for Play4TheCure, a charity connected to the National Foundation of Cancer Research, by selling pink shirts that had a ribbon with “DSUnit” on it.

“Personally, I lost my aunt to breast cancer at a young age, so I am no stranger to the tragedy that could happen,” says senior Meryah Harding. “If there is anything a single person could do to help bring awareness and educate the ones around them, there is no excuse not to.”

Women's field hockey poses after its "Play4theCure" game. Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Women’s field hockey poses after its “Play4theCure” game. Photo by Pat Jacoby.

The team made around $150 in donations from parents and spectators, and the team plans to match that amount.

The baseball and softball teams played in their second annual Halloween softball game. The team raffled off a Halloween basket and accepted donations for tickets, which they sold the week leading up to the game. The team was able to raise a total of $500, including $105 from the raffle.

Senior softball player Michelle Gessner came up with the idea for the game last year.

Baseball and Softball pose in their Halloween costumes. Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Baseball and Softball pose in their Halloween costumes. Photo by Pat Jacoby.

“It was breast cancer awareness month and someone mentioned how the lacrosse team plays the field hockey team, so I thought it’d be really amusing if the baseball team played the softball team and the money raised would go to research,” says Gessner.

Senior softball player Sam Gibson adds, “I myself personally feel it is important for teams to raise money and bring awareness to cancer so that we can come together as one to help put an end to a terrible disease. Hopefully by others seeing our efforts to end such a disease, they too will join in to make a difference.”

Women's soccer team poses after its pink game against Wilkes. They won 4-1. Photo by Pat Jacoby.
Women’s soccer team poses after its pink game against Wilkes. They won 4-1. Photo by Pat Jacoby.

Women’s soccer also hosted its own “pink game” when it played and defeated Wilkes University on Saturday, Oct. 24. The team raised money throughout the game and all the proceeds went to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Players wore special Livestrong headbands and decorated the stands with pink streamers and balloons to promote awareness.

Senior Jamie Barna says, “As athletes, we don’t just play for each other, but for something bigger.”

Leave a Reply