The University of Wisconsin-Superior athletic department will be raising money for the battle against cancer at three sporting events next week.
The Yellowjacket men's soccer team will be hosting the second annual "Caps for Cancer" drive on Saturday, Oct. 6, when it plays host to UW-Whitewater at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth.
Winter hats will be collected at the gate and will again be donated to the Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center at Miller Dwan. The caps will be given to people who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment in the Twin Ports as well as Ashland and the surrounding area.
"We had a tremendous amount of success with this event our first time trying it last year and we want to build on that," said UWS men's soccer coach Joe Mooney. "We want people to come out enjoy a couple of soccer games and help support a great cause for our area."
In the event's first year, more than 300 hats were collected.
Money raised during the women's soccer game will go for breast cancer awareness and the teams will be wearing pink.
"We're excited to be a part of a day that involves so many great causes," said women's soccer coach Melissa Nelmark. "To be able to help people locally by collecting hats, to wearing pink to raise money for breast cancer awareness and doing it all while playing soccer is a great thing for our university and our community. We're happy to be doing this and helping out any way we can."
The women's soccer game is at 2 p.m. and the men will start at approximately 4:30 p.m. PSS is located at 46th Avenue West and West 5th Street in Duluth.
Admission to the games is free and fans attending are asked to bring new, winter-style hats for men, women and children to be donated. Baseball caps will be accepted, but are not preferred at this event.
Caps may also be dropped off at the UWS Athletic Offices, located on the second floor of the Marcovich Wellness Center on the UWS campus.
For the fifth straight year the Yellowjacket volleyball team will join other Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools and participate in promotions that support breast cancer awareness.
Over the past four years, WIAC members have raised more than $88,000 in support.
"It truly is amazing to see the work that the members of our conference put into the different charitable activities throughout the year, including this one for breast cancer awareness," UWS athletics director Steve Nelson said. "Just about everyone has, in one way or another, been touched by cancer and if we can do a little something to help raise money we're excited to have that opportunity."
The Yellowjackets will play their "Dig Pink" game on Friday, Oct. 5 when they host UW-Oshkosh at Mertz Mortorelli Gym. Spectators are encouraged to wear pink in support of all those affected by breast cancer.
Through the month of October the Yellowjackets will be taking donations online for the Side-Out Foundation, which was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches to have them work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.
Donations will be accepted at all Yellowjacket home volleyball games in October.
For more information contact Jon Garver, 715-395-4614.