MILLINGTON – On Wednesday, May 15, the Millington Cardinals varsity soccer team will host the Elkton-Pigeon-Bayport Lakers for a ‘Play 4 the Cure’ cancer awareness game.
Play4TheCure is a program run through the National Foundation for Cancer Research, which provides funding worldwide to the best scientists to enable cutting edge research that other large cancer organizations can’t and won’t fund. Play4TheCure inspires young athletes and their teams to leverage their passion for sports to “Play4” loved ones affected by cancer and encourages them to actively participate in working to fund cancer research to make a difference.
Play4TheCure was founded in 2006 by Tina Reinprecht, coach of the Mystix Field Hockey Club in Feasterville, PA and a current board member of USA Field Hockey. Play4TheCure began as an annual indoor field hockey tournament to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
With the help of Play4TheCure and individual donors, NFCR has delivered over $350 million leading to many breakthroughs, including prevention strategies, earlier diagnosis, and new anticancer drugs and therapies. In three seasons, Play4TheCure has experienced tremendous growth, increasing from 100 to over 500 annual events. Many Play4TheCure events involve college, high school, middle school, and club sports teams — lacrosse, field hockey, softball, swimming, soccer, football — but there have also been individual events such as swimming for a goal and exercise-related events like yoga.
Play4TheCure has donated purple wristbands for the teams to wear for the game. The Millington soccer team is also reaching out to people in their lives who have been affected in some way by cancer to join them on the field for a special halftime presentation. For more information on Play4theCure or on the National Foundation for Cancer Research, visit www.nfcr.org/get-involved/p4tc/.