JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Jacksonville University men’s soccer team will be raising money to benefit the American Cancer Society. On Oct. 17, the team has designated the 7 p.m. matchup against USC Upstate to serve as their first ever Coaches vs. Cancer Benefit Game.
“This is a great event and one that I am very humbled and honored to be a part of,” said Head Coach Ryan Pratt. “Unfortunately, every single one of us knows someone or knows of someone that has lost their battle with cancer and this is a great way to get involved in finding a cure.”
JU players will be selling $2 raffle tickets throughout this week and the next in the Kinne Center, during lunch Oct. 15-17 at Davis Student Common and at the gate of Southern Oak Stadium before the USC Upstate match on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Raffle winners will be drawn at halftime with the grand prize of a framed JU men’s soccer jersey signed by each member of the team. All students who purchase $10 or more in tickets will be entered to win a free pizza from Mellow Mushroom at Tinsletown and all-non-students who purchase $25 or more will be entered to win a $200 gift card from the Jacksonville Bookstore. Winners must be present to receive their prize.
“It is important for us as coaches and athletes to take a step back and understand there are real life issues out there that many people deal with on a daily basis. It is our responsibility to see that "bigger picture" and use our platform as coaches and athletes to help make a positive impact as we pull together in our fight against cancer,” continued Pratt.
While breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, the American Cancer Society estimates there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Join the Dolphins as they do their part to kick-out cancer.