Play 4 the Cure: Beyond the Field

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Grace Utilson '17

On a chilly Friday night, the Loomis Chaffee varsity field hockey team took to a well-lit Pratt field, in hopes of not only beating their opponent, but also raising awareness for breast cancer. Although the team was defeated by Westminster 0-1, the $1,600 raised for cancer research was certainly something to cheer about. The team sported pink jerseys and socks to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month. Saturday, October 10th also marked Coach Bobbi Moran’s third anniversary of being cancer-free. The importance of the game went beyond the field for the members of the program, as the cause was near and dear to their hearts.

To promote the game and their fundraising efforts, the team sold pink LCVFH T-shirts and wristbands at lunch, which some of the lucky students who were first in line wore to the game. Coach Moran, who ordered 75 of the shirts through the Business Office, was stunned to see them sell out in 20 minutes. The profits from the T-shirts, as well as the baked goods sold at both the varsity and JV games, added to the $1,600 raised throughout the event.

On the day of the game, it was hard not to notice the members of the team walking to classes, as they wore bright pink clothing to school, including their T-shirts. Through giggling at the wacky apparel of the players, LC students became excited to later pour onto the turf field and cheer for the team. As the students hugged the sidelines of the field, wanting to be as close to the action as possible, they cheered and hollered when the girls dribbled around their opponents or winded up for a shot on goal.

Although much of the focus was shifted towards the varsity night-game, the JV team also participated in the program, taking on Westminster for a 3 pm Saturday game. The members of the varsity squad cheered on their friends, although they too were defeated by the Martlets 0-2.

As described by Coach Moran, this game meant a lot more to the field hockey program than just winning. “Each day I talk to my team about how fortunate they are to be together, to be healthy, to be supported and have people in their lives who truly care about them and want them to become the very best version of themselves possible. The P4TC game is a chance for our teams to get out of their head and into their heart, play the game for the love of the sport, for the gift of being together as healthy, happy young people and to remember that giving back is fun.”

The team, a caring and supporting group of girls, also offered lots of love to their coach during her cancer treatment and surgeries a few years ago. Today, the squad honors its coach before the game every year, giving her a bouquet of pink roses and thanking her for all that she does for the program. Kathryn Mullin ’08, the assistant coach and former captain of the team, sees the game not only as a raiser of fundsfor the National Foundation for Cancer research, but also as an opportunity to honor her former coach and now colleague.

“Coach Moran’s personal battle with breast cancer embodies strength and resiliency, and serves as an inspiration to the entire team.”