Nov. 14, 2013
The Siena field hockey team understands what it takes to win a game and the importance of preparation, hard work and dedication. The team also knows all too well how cancer can change everything, as many members have been directly affected in some form by cancer.
This year's season was dedicated to the people who have overcome the odds, to those who are still fighting and to those who have lost their battle with cancer by teaming up with Play 4 the Cure and the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
"We are very excited to have reached our fundraising goal this season. The team put in a lot of time and effort to reach and surpass the $1,000 goal that we set when we began," said Coach Kara Zappone. "We were all excited to see how much people were willing to contribute to the cause no matter how big or small."
The team raised a total of $1,158.66 and donated to support the National Foundation for Cancer Research in their efforts to one-day find a cure for cancer. Players were determined to meet their goal through a variety of fundraising techniques.
Donations were collected online at www.firstgiving.com where the team created their Siena Field Hockey fundraising page. The team also collected fan donations at every home game this season with donation bins at the main entrance at Siena Turf Field.
Most importantly, the players took initiative and went out to their peers for help. There was a great deal of support given to the field hockey team as they welcomed other students at the cafeteria entrance with opportunities to donate. They also developed a door-to-door campaign, going from each townhouse and dorm asking for donations.
"Our hope is that our contributions to the National Foundation for Cancer Research will help find a cure that much faster," Zappone concluded.