Sports teams play against many different opponents. Some are easy to defeat, and some are not so easy. One such opponent, is cancer. With numerous marathon races, games, and tournaments, there are lots of ways athletes participate in fundraising for cancer research.
In Meadville, PA, a local hockey team raises money every October for cancer, with an event called "Pink the Rink." This event basically allows individuals to pledge a certain dollar amount for each goal, or even just a set donation for cancer research.
A lacrosse tournament in Ohio supports cancer research. A St. Vincent lacrosse teammate who participated in the tournament sold cancer supporting jerseys and pinnies to campus members as well as tournament attendees, to further support cancer research.
A few teams across the country went the extra mile and shaved the locks under their lacrosse helmets to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. One was the SUNY Plattsburgh lacrosse team, where every year, since 2008, they host an event and shave their heads for the cause.
In North Carolina, another team did a similar fundraising event. The teammates and coach raised just over $24,000 in honor of a local women's basketball coach. Near the end of fundraising, during the UNC Homecoming football game, their heads were shaved out in the open. One admittedly reluctant player lost locks that were near his shoulders.