Mercy Athletics Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Research
In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Mercy College field hockey, volleyball, and men’s and women’s soccer teams participated in “Pink Weeks,” raising funds and awareness throughout the month of October.
“We all know someone who has battled breast cancer,” said Assistant Athletic Director Kelli Dunlay. “We’re excited that we can help.”
The field hockey team held their “Stick it to Breast Cancer!” game on Oct. 15 against Limestone, the first home field hockey game in Mercy College history. Both Mercy and Limestone wore “Stick it to Breast Cancer!” t-shirts during warm-ups. Shirts were also sold to fans during the game, as well as refreshments, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
The volleyball team took part in the East Coast Conference “Dig Pink” initiative by having Pink Zone games when the Mavericks hosted NYIT on Oct. 26 and Bridgeport on Oct. 28. All teams wore their “Dig Pink” t-shirts during warm-ups, and pink cupcakes were sold, with proceeds going to the Side-Out Foundation, which awards grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing compassionate support to breast cancer patients and their families. The Mavericks, partnering with the Side-Out Foundation for Dig Pink, join over 1,000 schools nationwide including 236 colleges supporting the cause.
The soccer teams held their Pink Week games on Oct. 23, a men’s and women’s ECC doubleheader against C.W. Post, and on Oct. 27, when the men hosted Dominican College. ECC Pink Week shirts were available for purchase, and donations were accepted with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.