Lady Bulldogs play for the cure
By Kathryn Elliott - Reminder News
Stafford - posted Mon., Oct. 24, 2011
An army of pink, the Stafford High School field hockey team took the field on Oct. 18 in the annual Play for the Cure game against Canton.
“More than 80 percent of the girls on the team know someone that has been affected by breast cancer,” said coach Elaine Boldi. “The fundraiser builds breast cancer awareness and shows how we can pull together as a team to raise money for a great cause; the girls’ take it very seriously, being young women themselves.”
The tradition began in 2008 with six NCCC field hockey teams joining Stafford in honoring breast cancer survivors and those currently battling the disease. Teams from Somers, Enfield, Canton, Avon, Suffield and Granby contribute to the cause through individual efforts, concession sales and door donations.
“All proceeds are donated to the Susan G Komen Fund,” coach said. “Stafford has raised the most every year since its inception. Our 2008 total was around $700; 2009 was $1,700 and 2010 was $2,100.”
Stafford schools superintendent Dr. Patricia Collin was in attendance. “When the coach contacted me regarding tonight’s game I was happy to attend,” Collin said. “I have family members battling cancer, and know the importance of building awareness and community support.”
Bringing their fighting spirit from pledges to pitch, the Lady Bulldogs’ tenacity shined through on the field.
In a 3-0 JV win, players Jasmine Murray, Emily Bradway and Kaleigh Szafir scored for Stafford. Dubbed the Dynamic Duo by coach Kim Soucey, Murray and Szafir commented on the team’s fundraising efforts. “This was a lot of fun,” Murray said. “The team really came together.”
Szafir said, “I collected donations at the door. People were very generous.”
On the varsity side, senior Jessica Simpson and sophomore Cara Cyr secured a 2-0 win.
At the end of the game, Stafford supporters were invited to take shots on the goalie for an additional dollar in the night’s final fundraising effort.
“The girls were very into it this year and feel they have helped a little in some way by collecting money for a good cause,” Boldi said.