NESCAC in the Community - February 3, 2015

NESCAC in the Community - February 3, 2015
Bowdoin Hosts Annual Girls and Women in Sport Day

February 1 - The Bowdoin Athletic Department hosted its annual "Girls and Women in Sports" celebration last weekend, Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The weekend culminated with "Girls and Women in Sports Day" on Super Sunday, February 1, at Farley Field House.

The event is designed to introduce young women to a wide range of sports. Participants rotated through sport stations at timed intervals. Scheduled sports this year were: Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.

Bowdoin Women's Soccer
Amherst Women's Ice Hockey to Host "Pink in the Rink" Game

February 1 - The Amherst women’s ice hockey program hosted its third annual “Pink in the Rink” game on Sunday, Feb. 1 versus NESCAC rival Connecticut College. All proceeds from the event went to the Cancer Connection, located in Northampton, Mass. to help support women in and around the Amherst College community who are affected by breast cancer. 

The Cancer Connection offers a haven where people living with cancer, their families, and their caregivers, can learn how to cope with their changed lives and bodies and emotional turmoil, by sharing strategies and resources. All of their offerings are free of charge. 

In an effort to support those in their community affected by cancer, the women’s ice hockey team wore special breast cancer awareness jerseys and encouraged fans to wear pink as well. Admission was free and fans received great raffle prizes, including gift certificates to local restaurants. There was also games and entertainment in between each period.

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Amherst " Pink in the Rink"
Trinity Men's Basketball Welcomes Hartford Kids From Right To Play

January 30 - The Trinity men's basketball team welcomed Hartford kids from Trinity's Right to Play program for its home game against NESCAC rival Bowdoin on Friday, Jan. 30.  Bantam head coach James Cosgrove and several team members talked to the Right To Play students in the early evening, and then the students had dinner on the Trinity campus prior to attending the game.

Right To Play (RTP) is an international sport for development organization which helps children in the most disadvantaged areas in the world. The organization works with over 1 million children in weekly programs in over 20 countries around the world. 

Tufts Lacrosse Teams Raising Awareness for Relationship Violence

January 28 - The Tufts men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are taking part in a new movement has given extra meaning to every mile, every sprint, every yard this season.

Yards for Yeardley is an initiative that functions in conjunction with the One Love Foundation, an organization that raises awareness about relationship violence. It was started after former University of Virginia (UVA) women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2010.

“One of my friends plays for the University of Virginia women's lacrosse team and helped start the Yards for Yeardley movement,” says Tufts men’s lacrosse captain Cole Bailey. “I learned about the movement through her and I knew I wanted to get our team involved.”

The men’s team has compiled almost 725,000 yards, while the women’s team has logged 700,000 yards.

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Yards for Yeardley
Williams Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Host "Skate with the Ephs"

January 25 - The Williams men's and women's ice hockey teams held their third "Skate With the Ephs" on Sunday, Jan. 25. The free skate session with the players on both Eph teams was open to the public and held in Lansing Chapman Rink.

Trinity Squash Student-Athletes Mentoring Hartford Youth Through Capitol Squash

January 22 - Trinity squash players are known for their prowess on the court and in the classroom.  What many people do not know, however, is the extent of their passion for coaching and mentoring.  This year, Trinity has partnered with Capitol Squash, a new urban squash program that provides both squash and academic enrichment to students of Hartford.

Capitol Squash recruits students in fourth and fifth grade at Dr. Michael D. Fox School, a neighborhood Hartford Public School.  An overwhelming 99 percent of students from M.D Fox qualify for free or reduced lunch.  To provide students from Hartford schools with opportunities they otherwise may not have experienced, Hartford students and Trinity students meet at least three days each week after school for three hours of squash and academic coaching.  The goals of the program are character building and college placement.

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Trinity Squash Mentoring
NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Teams Join Forces for Be The Match 

January 16 - For the third consecutive year, the NESCAC women's ice hockey teams will be working together to raise money and awareness for Be The Match. Teams will be selling t-shirts at select home games from Jan. 16-25 with all proceeds going to Be The Match, while raising awareness across their respective campuses.

Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping every patient get the life-saving transplant they need. As trusted leaders in advancing treatments for those facing life-threatening blood cancers, it provides ground-breaking research, innovative technologies, patient support and education.

The initiative dates back to 2012 when Connecticut College women's ice hockey players Kelsie Fralick and Molly Murphy '13 coordinated a bone marrow drive in an effort to help the ice hockey community honor the memory of Mandi Schwartz, a former Yale player who died from leukemia. The following year the initiative expanded to include all of the women's ice hockey teams in the NESCAC, and has continued each year since then.

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2015 Be The Match
Middlebury Women's Ice Hockey Raises Awareness for Breast Cancer 

January 16 - The Middlebury women's ice hockey program helped raise awareness for breast cancer on Jan. 16-17 when it hosted Amherst. The Panthers teamed up with the "Face Off Against Breast Cancer" ice hockey tournament taking part in the Middlebury community. The event raised money to support breast cancer patients and their families through an amazing statewide charity, the Cancer Patient Support program. Fans were asked to wear something pink to the games to support the cause and a $5.00 donation at the door was suggested.

Middlebury Breast Cancer Awareness