10th Annual Play4TheCure Raises Over $8,000 for Cancer Research
The Gunnery’s Varsity Field Hockey Team raised $8,122.91 through its 10th annual Play4TheCure game, held October 29. All funds were donated to the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR), a nonprofit organization that supports long-term, transformative cancer research and public education relating to the prevention, early diagnosis, better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
The highlight of this annual event is a co-ed, intramural field hockey game in which two teams – Team White and Team Gray – play for two, 20-minute halves, with a 10-minute half-time. Each member of The Gunnery’s Varsity Field Hockey Team may sponsor up to five boys as fundraising partners. The 18 boys who raise the most money for NFCR are eligible to play for Team White or Team Gray. Those who raise funds but are not selected to play on a team are assigned to lead one of the cheer squads at the game. Students, faculty, family members and other spectators are invited to dress in their team’s colors on game day.
This year’s game was supported by multiple fundraising activities, including a tshirt sale, a game-day bake sale, a Beads Beat Cancer sale and player sponsorships. The team also established a Crowdrise page to accept direct donations.
In previous years, The Gunnery’s Play4TheCure game has raised from $1,600 to $4,000 in support of NFCR. This year, the team raised nearly twice as much as its goal of $4,200. “We would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support. This game aims to raise awareness about various cancers, and cancer prevention, and to also raise funds for cancer research,” the team said. “While the girls typically wear pink, it is important to note that this is a fundraiser for ALL cancers, not just breast cancer.”
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.