Teams & Testimonials
Through Play4theCure®, sports teams across the country collect donations for cancer research, while sharing cancer prevention and detection tips with their community.
I remember one of those glimpses 10 1/2 years ago that lingered. And although I had a smile on the outside, a knot was forming on the inside all because of seeing a hat in that glimpse. One of my players’ moms was wearing a hat. It wasn’t cold out that day yet she wore a hat. Two months later another mom came to practice wearing a hat. Both of those women wore those hats to cover their thinning hair from chemotherapy treatments. And in that second moment, while my heart questioned, “what was going on?” my mind was made up that if I could ever find a way to create something that could show my support and appreciation for the mothers in our club fighting breast cancer, I would do it.Tina Reinprecht
Why do these teams selflessly volunteer their time? You’ll find the answers in the comments below:
This cause is very close to my heart, as my mother and younger brother have both fought cancer. We are excited to utilize our passion for softball to contribute to NFCR’s pursuit of a cure and raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer research.
Many of our players and coaches have been affected by cancer through close friends and family, so this cause is close to our hearts. We are excited to be a part of this campaign to raise support for cancer research and do our part to help find a cure.
We have many of the girls on our team who have been personally affected — those who have beaten the disease and those who have lost the battle — but we are a team that is passionate about helping to find a cure and giving back what we can to the cause.
There hasn’t been one day of fundraising that the girls have returned from without having been touched by someone’s story. Hopefully those stories are not just inspirational to the girls, but put things into perspective.
This cause is very close to our hearts, as my brother is currently fighting leukemia for the second time and some of our players have parents who are also fighting cancer. We are looking forward to raising awareness about the importance of cancer research and doing our part to support NFCR’s pursuit of a cure.
We have a responsibility as college athletes to utilize our skills and connection in our community to reach out to those around us, and raising awareness and funds for cancer research is a great way to do it.
A cancer diagnosis becomes your whole world; your every day, thought, and concern…I am so thankful for the treatment I was able to receive, and recognize how blessed I am to have my health today. I would not want anyone to go through the many hardships cancer entails and it is only through continued research and awareness that cures will be found…I am so proud of my team and Georgetown athletics for doing their part!
Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, including myself, as my mother has beaten cancer twice in recent years, and our athletic department, as one of our biggest supporters, has repeatedly fought off cancer in recent years as well. This fundraiser is a perfect way to live out the mission of Ancilla-to serve the underserved-as well as the mission of the athletic department-service-based learning.
Anytime we can bring something onto the national spotlight, I think it is tremendous. Today it was nice to see Penn State out in their pink. We are really appreciative of them coming down and supporting cancer awareness. Also, we have some players where it hits close to home and I thought it was a great tribute and one that I am really proud to be a part of.
All of the money collected is going to fund prostate cancer research. My father, Ford West, is currently battling prostate cancer and so this is a cause that is very close to me. I have players on my team in the same position and I know that it has affected family members on the men’s team as well.
As the CEO of NFCR, we want to acknowledge and thank each of our participating teams for your diligent efforts and teamwork to Play4TheCure. You are helping to fund a critical mission. For over 40 years, NFCR has supported key players in the fight against cancer, scoring consistent victories in the lab that save patients’ lives. Families, friends and communities are never more hopeful than when they come together to support one another.Franklin C. Salisbury, Jr.