Women’s Soccer Players Support Breast Care Center

WVU-Pitt game and youth tourney to help kick cancer

MORGANTOWN, WV— West Virginia University’s women’s soccer team will host two fund-raising events April 14 and 15 to kick breast cancer and raise awareness about the disease.  Proceeds will benefit the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

The Mountaineers will take on the University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer team during the fourth annual Betty Puskar Breast Care Center Soccer Invitational on Saturday, April 14 at 5 p.m. at the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. 

The team will also host the “Three’s a Team, the Fourth’s a Mountaineer,” tournament on Sunday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility next to Milan Puskar Stadium.  

The event will feature boys and girls in grades three through eight, and an open division for college-age and older groups.  Each team of three will be completed by a fourth from the WVU women’s soccer team.  Each team is charged a $75 entry fee, which will be donated to the Breast Care Center.

“Our players will wear pink wristbands as part of their uniforms during both tournaments,” says Nikki Goodenow, assistant coach of the WVU women’s soccer team.  “It is our hope that the community will join us for exciting soccer action and help us support efforts to reduce the incidence of breast cancer in our state.”

“This is especially meaningful to me since my mother recently fought and survived breast cancer," says Mountaineer Greer Barnes.  “Our team has a tremendous opportunity to make a contribution that will help save lives that could be lost to the disease.”

The weekend tournaments are free and open to the public.  Donations will be greatly appreciated.  Over the past three years, the WVU women’s soccer team has raised more than $18,000 to help fight breast cancer.         

All donations should be cash or check and made payable to the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.  Donations can be mailed to the WVU Women’s Soccer Office, PO Box 0877, Morgantown, WV, 26507.  For more information about donations and the soccer events, contact assistant coach Nikki Goodenow at (304) 293-2300, extension 5547 or nikki.goodenow@mail.wvu.edu.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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