At 1 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 22, members of the HWS community will come together on the Quad in coordinating attire for the 2nd Annual Kickball for Cancer event. While the uniforms will range in color and differ from team to team, the goals will be common; to send a round rubber ball as far as humanly possible and raise money and awareness for those battling cancer.
Kickball for Cancer is a non-profit fundraiser linking Hobart and William Smith Colleges and its students in an effort to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Started last year by William Smith junior Marisa Athas, the kickball event was conceived by Sewanee students of the University of the South in the fall of 2005, with the goal of uniting the student body and the community in the fight against cancer in a competitive and enjoyable manner.
Athas brought the event to campus in memory of a high-school friend who had passed away from leukemia and as she did last year, plans to donate the money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Though this is not a national event, Athas has found strong support and zeal from HWS faculty and staff. “All members of the HWS community are welcome, said Athas, “and down the road I would love to be able to turn Kickball for Cancer into a larger event connecting with the Geneva community.
All members of the HWS community are urged to register a team and participate in the games. Registration details are available by e-mailing Marisa.firstname.lastname@example.org.