A great success, the UD Field Hockey 7th annual Corners for Cancer event not only helped raise money for cancer research, but also gave the team a chance to recognize those who are currently battling the disease or have passed on because of it. The name of the event is a play on words, since a “corner” is a term in field hockey when a penalty is given against the defending team. Corners for Cancer was first started in 2009, and the team has contributed over $30,000 to cancer research in six years. Each year the girls have had the chance to play for more than just their schools and contribute to a bigger cause.
Field hockey players began preparing early for this big event, which took place on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Collecting donations and raffle basket items, grouping tickets, advertising, and many other forms of contributions kept everyone busy and excited. The field hockey girls also helped out at the snack bar during one of the football games while “canning” (asking for donations) at the gates. In the blink of an eye, the big day had rolled around, and the games began! Kicking off the whole event was the alumni game in the late afternoon. UDHS field hockey alumni formed a team, playing against the coaches and a few JV players. The game, which was entertaining for all, ended with an alumni victory. Next to the fields, a dazzling raffle basket table was set up, along with an Inspyr Socks stand. Both spectators and players could purchase tickets to enter into a variety of different baskets of their choice. From “Movie Night” themes to “College Wear,” there was a dream basket for all. Following the alumni game were the Varsity and JV games against Methacton. The excitement was almost tangible among all, as the players were ready to give today their best, and spectators sat back to watch a great game. The girls wore blue and pink to support both ovarian and breast cancer. A few pre-game announcements were made, which recognized those who had battled cancer or were still battling. Then, starting lineups were announced with much clapping and cheering, and the National Anthem was sung by freshmen Stephanie Zajac and Molly Gardner. Both teams played well, and although the results of the games were both losses, everyone still had an amazing time.
Donations to this event are still open until the beginning of November. You can bring cash or check to Mrs. Boyer’s (Room 230), or donate online at https://www.crowdrise.com/heatherboyer-play4thecure/fundraiser/heatherboyer.