Feb 02, 2018
Charlottetown, PEI (February 2, 2018)— Join the UPEI Women's Hockey and Basketball teams this Saturday night, February 3, for a very special evening in support of breast cancer research. In the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, UPEI Women's Basketball is hosting its annual Shoot for the Cure game at 6:00 pm. In MacLauchlan Arena, UPEI Women's Hockey is hosting Pink in the Rink at 7:00 pm. The games are in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society.
The Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven to be overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007, with over $1.1 million in donations to date. All 47 U SPORTS women's basketball schools will once again participate in the program for the seventh year in a row.
"As an Island, we have the power to combat breast cancer through increasing awareness, educating our children, and raising funds for researchers seeking a cure, therapy resources, and foundations supporting those affected," said Kiera Rigby of the UPEI Women's Basketball team.
Shoot for the Cure t-shirts will be available for sale before the game at the UPEI Bookstore. There will also be a bake sale, raffle, and, for a twist, a "Puck Toss" during half-time at the men's basketball game.
Just across the hall in MacLauchlan Arena, the Panther women's hockey team will be holding special events for Pink in the Rink, which will include a "Pink Ball Roll to Win", raffle, and ceremonial puck drop by cancer survivor Anne MacArthur.
"I'm celebrating 15 years as a breast cancer survivor," said MacArthur, "and when I say celebrating, I mean celebrating every day, because I'm so happy to be here. I celebrate by being active, staying strong, and doing all the things that I love."
"I am so lucky to have been a part of this fundraising campaign," said Emily March of the women's hockey team. "Breast cancer has affected so many around the world, and I know I speak for my team when I say we have been inspired by the stories and want to help out in any way. Pink in the Rink will be a very special night not only for UPEI sports, but for raising awareness of this horrible disease."
Tickets are available at Panther Central. Go Panthers Go!