by Lauren Altmeyer ’17
Saturday, October 1 was the kickoff of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The entirety of this month is dedicated to raising money and increasing awareness of the disease, as well as honoring all those who have been affected by it. Throughout the month, many of the athletic teams will be contributing to the cause and raising awareness around campus.
The Providence College Field Hockey Team will be holding a Pink Out game on Sunday, October 23 against Boston College. When asked what makes this game different than a regular game, goaltender Megan Guilbert ’18 said, “The Pink Out game is different for us because we are fundraising money for a breast cancer foundation and we have signs hung up around the field of who donated to the cause. We also wear pink in our uniforms and we wear a different shirt to warm up in.”
“I don’t think the cause is extra pressure for the team, but more of an honor to play for something that is bigger than ourselves,” Guilbert noted. “To see the Friar Family come together for this cause is moving and special. It is very important for all those in the Friar Family to know they are not alone fighting their battle, whether they are directly affected by it or someone they know and love is.“
Providence College’s Softball Team will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s 2016 Making Strides Walk on Oct. 16. Pitcher Taylor Huntly ’17 explained, “We have done this every year since I’ve been here, and maybe even before. We collect and donate close to $1,000 in a week for the walk.” Although they have not chosen a date yet, Huntly also noted that the team will be holding a Breast Cancer Awareness game saying, “Every year we host a game where we ‘pink out’ the field and our uniforms. We work closely with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation for this event.”
The Providence College Women’s Soccer Team is getting involved as well. The team will be wearing pink jerseys for the whole month, as well as having a Pink Out game (date to be decided). When asked what it means to be able to support this cause, goaltender Shelby Hogan ’20 and her teammates said, “As a women’s team it’s a good chance for us to show our support. There are many people in our community and members of our team with loved ones fighting against the disease, so to be able to have an opportunity to raise awareness means a lot to us.”
Similar to Women’s Soccer, the Women’s Volleyball Team will be hosting a Pink Out game on October 16 against St. John’s University as well as wearing pink jerseys for the entirety of the month. Defensive specialist Michelle Cruz ’17 said, “The pink out game is so special to me because we are raising awareness for this unfortunate disease and, as a Friar Family, we are raising money for these individuals who are fighting courageously for their lives while we have the opportunity to fight on the volleyball court.”
On top of PC’s Division 1 teams getting involved, Club teams have started making plans to celebrate the cause. Gianluca Diubaldi ’18, a member of the Providence College Men’s Club Soccer Team, is working on getting pink tape and socks for the team to wear during a game. The Athletics department will also be hosting their annual push-up competition, which they call “Pink Out Friartown.” In the past, they have sold dri-fit t-shirts to benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.