The men’s and women’s club rugby teams are hosting their annual Breast Cancer Awareness game this Saturday at Pinebrook Field in Scranton.
The women’s team will start the day off with its game which will be shortly followed by the men’s game. All proceeds from the game go toward the University’s branch of Colleges Against Cancer.
All of the players are excited to continue this tradition that has now lasted for nearly two decades. They look forward to seeing the Scranton community come out and support not only the team, but more importantly the cause.
Senior captain of the women’s team, Elizabeth Steele, discussed why the teams chose to participate in this longstanding tradition.
“Obviously breast cancer is a really big issue in the world, and in the Scranton area as well, so we do it to raise awareness,” Steele said. “We sell t-shirts and we partner with Colleges Against Cancer and they are really helpful. They come over and set up tables and sell cupcakes and food and pretty much just raise awareness and funds for people who have cancer and people in the general area. We do it to help out the community.”
Steele also noted that this game produces a larger fan club than the players are accustomed to seeing.
“This game and our senior game are the two games when the most people come out to watch, so that’s probably the most fun. Having the school there is nice because they are supporting the team but they are supporting breast cancer as well, so they are more likely to come out. So it’s nice to have a lot fans at the game,” Steele said.
The women’s team kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday and will be shortly followed by the men’s game with a scheduled kickoff of approximately 1 p.m.