Women's soccer hosts third-annual Kick Out Cancer Soccer Tournament

Sept. 12, 2006


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For the third consecutive year, the Jacksonville University women's soccer program will host the Kick Out Cancer Soccer Tournament on Friday and Sunday at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Dolphins joined forces with the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 2004 to battle one of the most devastating diseases in the modern world, cancer.

During the past two years, the "Kick Out Cancer" effort helped raise both donations and awareness. All across the eastern seaboard of the U.S. there has been hundreds of people wearing "Kick Out Cancer" t-shirts and "Live Strong bracelets." This year the JU Kick Out Cancer effort has taken on a more immediate purpose.

"As we undertake our third year of our Kick Out Cancer Tournament, we do so with heavier hearts and a great deal more determination in 2006," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "What started as an event to honor my father and his successful battle with cancer has has been passed on to two of our players. With Tammy Riley (freshman Regan Riley's mother) currently battling the disease and Brad Eppleman (junior Courtney Eppleman's father) losing his battle with cancer on August 21, this event is more timely than ever."

When the Dolphins reported for the 2006 season, two players left family members behind who battled battle with the disease. Freshman Regan Riley's mother, Tammy, was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma in her small intestine. Junior Courtney Eppleman's father was diagnosed with Glioblastoma in his brain and spine, but lost his battle with the disease shortly before the Dolphins season opener at #18 Georgia.

Fans attending the tournament will be able to receive a yellow "Live Strong" bracelet, like the one Lance Armstrong wore while winning the Tour de France, with a donation of $1 or more. There is also a silent auction on judolphins.com where people can bid on autographed items from Lance Armstrong, Arnold Palmer, NASCAR, NFL and PGA professionals with proceeds benefiting the LAF.

"Every year our game gate, donations and silent auction bids goes towards our battle with cancer," said Kouns. "This year, we will be dividing the proceeds. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation cancer survivor services to honor Mrs. Riley and in memoriam of Mr. Eppleman. The other half will be going to ease the hospice expenses the Eppleman family accumulated during Mr. Eppleman's final struggle with his brain tumor. In essence, we are trying to touch the past and the future with this year's event.

"In the spring, we will also be teaming up with the American Cancer Society Duval County division to help lead their Relay for Life on campus. More information will come about that at a later date, but it will just be one more way we can do our part as student-athletes and representatives of the JU community."

The tournament will start on Friday at 5 p.m. with Stetson taking on Maryland-Baltimore Country before the Dolphins host Elon at 7 p.m. The tournament will conclude on Sunday with Stetson playing Elon at noon. The Dolphins will play Maryland-Baltimore Country in the finale at 2 p.m.

For more information on the silent auction and the Kick Out Cancer event, visit judolphins.com and click on the women's soccer page. To learn more about the Lance Armstrong Foundation, visit laf.org or livestrong.org.