FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University men’s soccer team will host its fifth-annual Passionately Pink for the Cure Match when the Patriots entertain Lander University on Monday (Oct. 18).
Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. on the FMU Soccer Field. Admission is free.
The Patriots will not only be attempting to beat the Bearcats, but also beat out breast cancer. The team has partnered with Zeta Tau Alpha sorority to raise funds for and promote awareness of breast cancer.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink and support the life-saving work of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® by making a donation. These donations will help fund critical breast cancer research, as well as local education, screening and treatment programs that impact people in the Florence community.
Donations can be made online at http://www.info-komen.org/site/TR/PassionatelyPink/PassionatelyPink?team_id=147246&pg=team&fr_id=1846
The team’s goal is $1,000.
Commemorative pink t-shirts can also be purchased.
In addition, FMU would like to thank the following donors who contributed items for the match: Fatz Café, Groucho’s Deli, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Papa John’s Pizza, and Stefano’s.
Each year to show their support for the cause, the men allow the color pink to take over. The team wears pink shirts during warm-ups, uses pink soccer balls, and paints pink ribbons on the field. Along with the match, members of Zeta Tau Alpha will pass out pink ribbons and information cards as well as sell baked goods to raise money for the cure.
Breast cancer education and awareness may be the national philanthropy of ZTA, but for the soccer team it means a little more. Five years ago a senior player’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. The team was forced to go through the experience together and support their teammate as his family went through the difficult time. A year later in the summer of 2006, the mother of a rising senior was diagnosed with breast cancer and again the team was faced with the same situation.
“Because it was in front of our face and we couldn’t really ignore it, I thought that maybe we could do our part,” FMU head coach Kevin Varnado said when speaking of the decision to partner with the Passionately Pink for the Cure cause.
The Passionately Pink match has become something to look forward to for the team. Their fall season runs through October which is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and that made the decision even easier five years ago. Since that first match, the encouragement and support from the players’ families and FMU faculty and staff has continued to grow.