Stafford High School field hockey team ‘Plays 4 the Cure’

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Stafford High School field hockey teammates Briana Kuo, Kristen Rodriguez and Elizabeth Banning ask for donations for the Susan G. Komen Cancer Research Fund before the start of the game. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Stafford High School field hockey teammates Briana Kuo, Kristen Rodriguez and Elizabeth Banning ask for donations for the Susan G. Komen Cancer Research Fund before the start of the game. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The Stafford High School field hockey team showed its support for cancer research by being part of the NCCC field hockey organization’s “Play 4 the Cure” game on Oct. 10, when Stafford squared off against Enfield High School. The teams were just a small part of the fundraising event. All NCCC teams participated in the week-long event during the second week of October.

A donation drive was also held by the team. “The girls have been bringing donation cans around the school and asking anyone and everyone to donate,” said Stafford’s head coach, Elaine Boldi. “I am so proud of the team. They took on this challenge like they take on any challenge: whole-heartedly. When this project was presented to the team, they were asked, ‘Who in this room has been affected by breast cancer?’ and I swear that at least 90 percent of the room had their hands in the air. This is personal for the girls. We will donate all of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Fund and let them decide how the research money is distributed.”

Boldi offered the top earner of the fundraiser a Dunkin Donuts gift card as an incentive to go out and start earning donations. To her surprise, the team didn’t need any more incentive other than the fact that they wanted cancer stomped out.

“This is our sixth year of doing this fundraising,” said assistant coach Kim Soucy. “Last year, the team raised over $3,000 for the cause. That was the highest earnings among all the NCCC teams. This year, I would bet that they earn even more.”

On the field was the logo for breast cancer awareness. The pink symbol was a reminder of why the girls were working so hard to raise the money and what the donations would mean in their lifetimes. Science has come a long way toward finding a cure, but there is still a long road ahead. The NCCC teams are aware that the fight is far from over, and they are fighting to put an end to it sooner, rather than later.

Baked goods were made by the players and on sale for additional fundraising. Players Danielle Garnelis and Kaitlyn Mathieu helped sell the treats, along with Athletic Booster Club members Donald Bradway, the club’s president, Kevin and Stacey Slater, Debbie Richard, Mary Huda and Tanya Buchanan. “We raised the highest amount in the NCCC last year,” said Richard, “And yet, we are the smallest school. I would like to see other teams take the drive a lot more serious.”

Stafford’s athletic director, Damian Frassinelli, said, “The girls are really having fun with this drive. The team looks forward to it each year. This is definitely a positive and fun experience for them. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.”


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