Queens Hockey hosts Pink in the Rink
Inaugural fundraising event in support of women's cancer
The Queens Hockey team always plays with a sense of passion, but on Thursday, October 20, that passion and determination will take on an extra-special meaning when the team hosts the first annual Pink in the Rink fundraiser in support of women’s cancer.
“This is an important event for our team and our student-athletes, because it gives them an opportunity to play for a greater cause,” says Queens Head Coach Kelly Coulter. “By using hockey as a platform, they’re looking to raise money and awareness about women’s cancer.”
Strong fan support will be a critical element at Pink in the Rink, and organizers are looking to fill the lower bowl of the ENMAX Centrium. “We’re trying to set an ACAC Women’s Hockey attendance record, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to show their support for the cause,” says Coulter.
Donations will be accepted at the game, with all funds supporting the Alberta Cancer Foundation. “Pink in the Rink gives our student-athletes the opportunity to raise awareness about cancer and raise much-needed funding for research, while also profiling strong female leaders to aspiring young female athletes in central Alberta,” says Diane St-Denis, Athletic Director. “We owe it to the women who came before us to now take on the role of leaders.”
And this leadership role is something that Queens Hockey players take very seriously. “There are a lot of players on our team who do a ton of volunteering,” says Emily Swier, who is a fourth year player with the team. “I’m part of the leadership group for our team, and we’re always looking for different ways the Queens can reach out to support our community.”
For Swier and her teammates, Pink in the Rink is a tremendous opportunity to create awareness and raise funds for women’s cancer, which touches so many people’s lives. “It’s exciting to be involved in Pink in the Rink, which is new this year, but we’re looking to build momentum and carry it forward to continue benefiting the community in the future,” she says. “Queens Hockey is a part of the community and we love it here. It means so much to be able to give back and support women’s cancer research through this important cause.”
Pink in the Rink will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 at the ENMAX Centrium, when the Queens take on the Olds Broncos. For complete details on this event, visit rdcathletics.ca.
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