Women's Soccer Battles Cancer
Takes Part in Relay for Life
There are some people whose family or friends have not been touched somehow by cancer.
They are the lucky few.
Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser, is a life-changing event that helps communities across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
Since its inception in 2009, Rider's Relay for Life has twice been named the "Top Performing College Relay in New Jersey," raised more than $160,000 for the American Cancer Society and has become the biggest student-run event on the Lawrenceville campus.
Rider's Relay for Life this year took place on March 24-25, from 8pm on Saturday through 8am on Sunday, when teams took turns walking or running around the track of the Student Recreation Center.
Among others, the entire women's soccer team and coaching staff took part. In total the women's soccer program raised over $800 for the cause through donations, collecting at shopping malls, businesses and at the team's spring season opener against Lehigh Saturday afternoon.
"The fight against cancer is a very personal one for me since I lost both my father and grandfather to the disease in 2010," said Rider head soccer coach Drayson Hounsome, the 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. "The Relay for Life is a fantastic event and it was important to participate personally, with the team and with the whole campus community in the hope of celebrating more birthdays."
"The women's soccer team tries to take part in at least one community service or fundraising event each spring," said 2012 team captain Meghan Mohr. "This year, our schedule allowed for us to do Relay for Life. It was our Coach's idea, and seeing as he lost his Dad to cancer last year, the team was more than willing to participate. I enjoyed participating in the event with my team. It was nice to see so many people come together and contribute for such a good cause. I hope we are able to do it again next year."
The women's soccer team will take part again next year, for good luck, and for more birthdays.