CHICAGO - In keeping with the core values of both Saint Xavier University and the NAIA's Champions of Character program and in light of the fact that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Cougar women's soccer team will dedicate Saturday's home game against Trinity International University (Ill.) to breast cancer awareness. The game is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start Saturday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. A balloon release ceremony will also take place immediately following the National Anthem to help kick off this event, which the team has named "Cougs Kick Cancer."
To help raise money for breast cancer research, the team will have a large number of donated items available for purchase or to bid on through a silent auction. The items will include: an autographed Chicago Fire jersey, autographed soccer balls and jerseys from both Saint Xavier and Trinity International, autographed SXU football jerseys, breast cancer awareness bracelets, and breast cancer awareness T-shirts designed by the Cougar women's soccer team. All proceeds from this event, which will become an annual endeavor, will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the nation's largest funding source for research dedicated solely to breast cancer.
"I am so proud of the team and coaches for really working hard to support such a worthwhile cause that will touch so many lives," said Saint Xavier University women's soccer coach Jeremy Ekeler. "My assistant coach, Evan Strehlau, came to me with this idea a few weeks ago and the team has really run with it and put a lot of time and energy into making it a successful event. However, the best part is that they want to make Cougs Kick Cancer' an annual tradition."Click here to view the letter regarding the "Cougs Kick Cancer" event