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Guelph Gryphons cut hair for cancer

February 15, 2012 | Field Hockey Canada |

Members of the University of Guelph Field Hockey Team are cutting their locks… again. On March 10th, the team’s 2nd Annual “Cut for the Cure” event will take place, with all eyes on beating last year’s total of $6000 raised. The timing coincides with the recent launch of Field Hockey Canada’s Play It Forward program, which will help the girls reach their $10,000 goal even faster.

“We want to help fundraise for cancer research, because everyone knows someone who has been affected by this terrible disease,” says Gryphon athlete Erica Baxter.  “It is important for teams like us to get involved, and do our part through worthy charitable causes like this. We welcome anyone in the field hockey community , and help us get to our goal.”  

Last year, the team had five athletes cut off eight to fifteen inches of their hair, with another six athletes stepping up to the plate this year. Last year’s participant Kaye McLagan said, “The event was a huge success for our team, our program, and for cancer research. We know that this year’s event will be even bigger. It felt great to raise that much money for a worthy cause. I personally cut off 15 inches, and it was all worth it.”

This year’s brave souls are Brittany Seidler, Amy Wise, Shannon Killip, Courtney Lacey, Sam Anderson and Alexis Wagner.

“This year, we are excited about collaborating with Field Hockey Canada who recently launched a test-pilot initiative called Play It Forward,’” says Head Coach Michelle Turley. “It’s an innovative way for the team and its supporters to come together to support charitable causes, and be rewarded by corporate sponsorship dollars. If you are running a field hockey club or team, and really want to give back to your community through sport, I highly recommend supporting this great initiative.”

Turley added, “I am extremely proud of my team for taking on this venture, in particular, Taylor Docherty, Kaye McLagan, Amy Wise and Erica Baxter for their role in the organizational aspects of the event and the girls cutting their hair. It is our hope that our event will prompt others to unite in the fight, and inspire other field hockey teams and clubs across Canada to organize their own charitable events as well.”

When: Saturday, March 10 from 8:00 to 10:00 pm

Where: W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre, University of Guelph

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How can you learn more about joining Play It Forward? CLICK HERE.