CHICAGO – When the Saint Xavier University women's soccer team lines up against Olivet Nazarene University this Friday night, the squad will be playing for more than just another Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) victory. For the fourth straight year, the Cougars will host their annual "Cougs Kick Cancer" fundraiser in collaboration with Friday's 6 p.m. game at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. With October recognized as National Breast Awareness Month, the team has dedicated one of its October home games the past four seasons as a way to promote breast cancer awareness and help raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Saint Xavier women's soccer team will be selling "Cougs Kick Cancer" T-shirts this week at the SXU cafeteria from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. as well as at Saturday's 1 p.m. football game against Taylor University (Ind.) at Deaton Field. Short sleeve T-shirts are being sold for $16, while long sleeve versions cost $22. The Cougars will also hold an auction during Friday's soccer game and Saturday's football game to bid on a number of donated items, including an autographed basketball by former Chicago Bulls player Stacey King, a Patrick Kane autographed hockey puck and an Abby Wambach autographed soccer ball.
Last week, the SXU women's soccer team met with Fran O'Rorke, a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed on December 31, 1998, at the age of 41. She has been cancer free for nearly 13 years and is an active supporter of breast cancer awareness. O'Rorke has participated in two Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a 60-mile walk that helps raise money and awareness for breast cancer research, and has also raise funds for Relay for Life over the last 17 years. Relay for Life is a relay-style event held by the American Cancer Society to help raise money for breast cancer research. After the meeting, the Cougars named O'Rorke an honorary team captain for the 2011 season.
The "Cougs Kick Cancer" women's soccer game will take place on Friday, October 21, starting at 6 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars have raised over $10,000 for breast cancer research over the last three years and are hoping to raise over $4000 this season.