The Heat will tip-off with a pink ball on January 18th in their home game against the MacEwan Griffins, this will be the eighth straight year in which they host a game as a part of a national initiative to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) - and other related local and provincial charities. The Heat and in particular the UBCO women's basketball team has participated in the fundraiser since the 2011-12 season, the first year UBC Okanagan played as a U SPORTS member, the national conference has been running this event since 2007.
Donation boxes will be placed at the gate on Friday and events like a pink paper airplane toss - for a donation - will take place during the breaks in the women's and men's games on Friday night. Pink shirts and ribbons will be for sale with proceeds going towards the cause and for every 3-pointer made by the Heat women's team (this will not extend to the men's game), $100 will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Previous UBC Okanagan 'Shoot for the Cure' dates:
- 2018/19 vs MacEwan (Jan 18, 2019)
- 2017/18 vs UBC (Jan 26, 2018)
- 2016/17 vs Victoria (Jan 14, 2017)
- 2015/16 vs MacEwan (Feb. 13, 2016)
- 2014/15 vs Mount Royal (Jan. 17, 2015)
- 2013/14 vs Trinity Western (Jan. 18, 2014)
- 2012/13 vs Lethbridge (Jan. 12, 2013)
- 2011/12 vs Victoria (Feb. 3, 2012)
From the national conference: https://usports.ca/en/sports/basketball/f/shoot-for-the-cure
The U SPORTS Women's Basketball fundraising initiative to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) - and other related local and provincial charities - is up and running for a 12th straight year.
The Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007, with over $1.25 million in donations to date. The 2018-19 initiative is set to kick off Wednesday night, and all 47 U SPORTS women's basketball schools will once again participate in the program for the eighth year in a row.
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"I am excited that every U SPORTS women's basketball team is poised to have a Shoot For The Cure event this season. There are many positive aspects of this national initiative but having 100% participation by all teams and their student athletes is always very special. I am really looking forward to hearing about many successful events from across the country."
Jeff Speedy - Shoot for the Cure Project Manager, Head Coach of the UNB Reds
"We are so grateful to have the support of U SPORTS women's basketball again this season. It is always refreshing to see young adults support the breast cancer cause. Funds raised through Shoot for the Cure fund groundbreaking breast cancer research in areas of risk reduction, screening, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. The advancements in these areas would not be possible if it wasn't for initiatives like Shoot for the Cure and the trust and kindness of our donors."
Jaime Legere - Director of Development, Atlantic for the Canadian Cancer Society
U SPORTS schools will raise money through regular season games and other special events. A cheque will be presented to CCS – which merged with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) in February 2017 – during the gold medal game of the 2019 U SPORTS Women's Basketball Final 8, hosted by Ryerson University.
The fundraising initiative was the brainchild of Rod Gilpin, the long-time bench boss of the Bishop's women's program, now in his 11th season as head coach of the Gaiters' men.