The Randolph-Macon Women’s Field Hockey team beat Eastern Mennonite University 3-0 on Monday. After junior Katiee Nicholas scored early on during the 12th minute, the team never looked back. However, winning meant a lot more to the team than just another tally in the win column.
Monday’s game was the team’s “Play 4 the Cure” game. The team played in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
The team has been raising money and awareness for breast cancer all season, and they wore their black and pink jerseys while playing against the Royals.
Founded in 2006, Play for the Cure is dedicated to raising money towards breast cancer awareness through competitive sports.
Many different recreational pro-grams, middle schools, high schools, and college programs take part in these events during every season across the nation. The money raised goes to top scientists who continue researching to help cure cancer.
The event that the Women’s Field Hockey team hosted is one that is very close to their hearts. Junior defender Julia Bowling said that many of the team members have been impacted by cancer in some way.
“It’s such a great feeling to be able to play the game that we love for the people that we love,” Julia shared.
Junior midfielder Katiee Nicholas also talked about the feeling that the special game brings to the team.
“Being able to come together and raise the amount of money we did really shows how supportive our team is for one another, along with the community,” Katiee said. “It’s just an awesome feeling to be able to win an important game, but also while wearing our black and pink jerseys.”
Indeed, the game was very important to the Yellow Jackets as they are looking to secure one of the final spots in the ODAC tournament. The win against the Royals pushes them to 2-4 in conference play with one more game in the conference season. Win or lose, nothing compares to being able to put on a jersey and represent something bigger than yourself. Both Katiee and Julia told The Yellow Jacket that being able to represent the school means a lot to the team, and being able to take part in this event is a great feeling for all of the players. When asked if they will continue to take part in this event, both Katiee and Julia responded with a resounding ‘yes.’
“Our team will definitely continue to raise money and awareness throughout the year and next season,” Julia said. “So many of us have been impacted in some way and giving back is our way of honoring the people we love.”
While the win was big to the team, a win Saturday against Lynchburg could secure them a spot in the ODAC tournament. However, raising awareness was the only important thing on Monday, teaching everyone that there are more important things in life than just winning or losing.
-Blake Saathoff ’17, Junior Sports Editor