Hope House is sponsoring “Kick Away Cancer” a student kickball tournament to raise funds for the Rochester chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Sunday, May 2 on the William Smith Green.
Sophomore Kaylyn O’Brien proposed the kickball tournament based on an idea she formed on her first visit to campus. “The first time I visited campus there was a kickball tournament taking place, I thought it was the coolest thing,” she says. “Kickball is a game anyone can play and everyone was having so much fun.”
Capitalizing on the versatile game, Hope House invites all students to form 9-12 player teams for the competition. Fraternities, Residence Halls and Houses are encouraged to participate as a community. Players will be charged a $3 participation fee; teams are also invited to do additional fundraising toward the cause.
“Kick Away Cancer” is one of many community-based projects Hope House has coordinated this academic year. Over the summer Hope House compiled a list of organizations they wished to support for the year. Included on this list were organizations such as Gilda’s Club in Rochester, a Cancer Support group for women; Embrace Your Sisters, a breast cancer organization located in the Finger Lakes; the American Cancer Society and their annual event the Relay for Life.
The women have been active not only raising funds, but with creating awareness for cancer research. They hosted a Survivors’ Luncheon in mid-October for trustees, students and staff bringing in survivor Rita Ashton, mother of two, as the keynote speaker. Posters and fact sheets were spread across campus as part of the Hope House “dorm storm,” as well as banners that students and staff filled completely with encouraging messages and names of love ones lost.
Since the beginning of the year the Hope House has raised about $7,500. The Kickball Tournament is the House’s final project to finish up the semester. The Tournament kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 2 on the William Smith Green. Members of the Hope House will be tabling in Scandling Campus Center, selling Make-A-Wish Stars and registering teams.