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Pine-Richland field hockey team to host Play4theCure

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The ladies of the Pine-Richland field hockey team are going pink for their annual Play4theCure game against North Allegheny.

The field hockey team members will raise money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) during their game against the Tigers on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m. and the varsity game will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Pine-Richland Stadium. Admission to the game is $5.

A pink T-shirt, designed by sophomore art student Erica Davis, will be sold at the game for $10.

The T-shirt plays off the team's theme for this year, “Whatever it takes!”

There also will be a bake sale and other fundraising activities. All proceeds from admission, T-shirt sales, bake sale and donations will be donated to the NFCR.

The team will be wearing the pink T-shirts and pink socks in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Players will use a pink ball.

The Pine-Richland Field Hockey team has been participating in Play4theCure for the past five years, said former event chair Mary Haenig. It started out as a team service project and grew into an annual event, she said.

“It's a great event and every year they've raised more and more money,” Haenig said.

Along with being a popular event, the game also is sure to draw in a lot of people for the match-up against rival North Allegheny, Haenig said.

Play4theCure began in 2006 as an annual indoor field hockey tournament in Feasterville, Bucks County, to raise money for breast cancer research, according to a NFCR statement. It has since expanded to include more than 500 recreational, high school and collegiate sports teams, and officially partnered with the NFCR for the first time this year.

The NFCR is the leading cancer research charity dedicated to funding research and public education relating to cancer prevention, earlier diagnosis, treatment and a cure, said Pine-Richland director of communications Rachel Hathhorn in a statement.

Aafke Loney, event chair, said Pine-Richland field hockey has donated money to Susan G. Komen and other cancer-related charities in the past, but this year they are raising funds for the NFCR.

“The girls really enjoy doing this,” Loney said. “It's such a great event. There's a lot of kids on the team and parents who have been affected by cancer or have had loved ones affected by cancer. So everyone rallies around this event.”

Last year, the Play4theCure event raised more than $300 and the team hopes to raise even more money this year, Loney said.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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