SHERBROOKE, Que. – Last Saturday was a special day at the John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre on the Bishop’s University campus. Through a number of activities the Gaiters’ student-athletes and their fans raised $3,277 for Ruban Rose, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.
The day kicked off with the women’s soccer team hosting their first futsal (indoor soccer) tournament for Gaiter athletes who were not in-season. Ten teams participated and each paid a minimum of $100 with proceeds going to the cause. The men’s lacrosse team were crowned champions of the inaugural event entitled ‘Kick for the Cure’.
Later in the evening the women’s soccer team again showed their support by selling pink t-shirts at the basketball games.
Current Bishop’s student-athletes were not the only ones getting together on Saturday. The women’s basketball team hosted an alumni reunion that saw upwards of 20 former Lady Gaiters return to cheer on this year’s squad who hosted the Laval Rouge et Or.
Prior to the basketball double-header, the former standouts shot free throws in Mitchell Gym. Elkas Funeral homes donated a dollar for each shot made. There were 177 successful attempts and Stephan Elkas doubled that for a donation of $355 after Melissa Lemay knocked down a three-pointer.
The 2016-17 edition of the women’s basketball team was also involved. They sold pink t-shirts throughout the week to support their Shoot for the Cure initiative. Shoot for the Cure is a nation-wide event run through the U SPORTS Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association and all 47 basketball playing institutions participate in it.
“I think it is really important for our student-athletes to get involved in the community,” said Matt McBrine, Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation at Bishop’s University. “Shoot for the Cure has its roots in Lennoxville back when Rod Gilpin was coaching the women’s team. Watching our Gaiters come together is really something special. I am very proud of both our women’s soccer and women’s basketball teams for taking a leadership role. Our community support is also second to none and the success of events like this reinforces it.”
Alyssa McLean was the leader behind Kick for the Cure.
“Being a student-athlete means more than attending school and being a part of a team,” said McLean. “You represent your university and team in all aspects of your life. To me raising awareness for causes like breast cancer is very important. Most people today have been affected by cancer in some way, shape or form.”
Partners who made the event a success included Dominos (pizza donated for Kick for the Cure participants), Elkas Funeral home (donation), T. Litzen (donation of T-shirts), The Sherbrooke Record (provided game day program and insert) and Bob and Hazel Farnham (donation).
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