U SPORTS proudly announced Sunday its women’s basketball programs had raised $76,632.82 for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in 2018-19, thanks to the 12th edition of its annual Shoot For The Cure initiative.
The impressive amount was unveiled at halftime of the championship final – between the McMaster Marauders and Laval Rouge et Or – of the U SPORTS Women’s Basketball Final 8 Presented by COMDA.COM at Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre. Jeff Speedy, head coach of the UNB Reds and Shoot for the Cure Project Manager, presented a cheque to Nancy Drynan,
Regional Representative for the Ontario Advisory Board of the Canadian Cancer Society.
An additional $20,530.95 was amassed by schools that elected to donate their fundraised money to local or provincial organizations, bringing this season’s Shoot For The Cure overall total to $97,163.77 and the 12-year total to $1,349,680.54 since the initiative was launched in 2007-08 to raise awareness and money to fight the deadly disease.
For the eighth straight season, all 47 U SPORTS women’s hoops programs participated by holding one or numerous fundraising games or activities over the course of the campaign.
“The Shoot For The Cure initiative is a fixture in the U SPORTS women’s basketball season. It is great to see the coaches and student-athletes all across the country get involved every year and do their part to help fight cancer,” said Speedy. “A special thanks to Wilson for supporting the initiative by donating two special edition Shoot For The Cure basketballs to every team.”
The money will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society, after the organization merged with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) – the previous recipient of Shoot For The Cure funds.
For more information on the Canadian Cancer Society or to make a donation, visit cancer.ca
SHOOT FOR THE CURE YEAR-BY-YEAR DONATIONS:
- 2018-19: $97,163.77 ($76,632.82 to CCS)
- 2017-18: $118,958.16 ($100,961.31 to CCS)
- 2016-17: $122,274.97 ($90,703.21 to CCS)
- 2015-2016: $124,612.76 ($98,775.90 to CBCF)
- 2014-2015: $125,361.76 ($102,312.05 to CBCF)
- 2013-2014: $138,360.58 ($112,898.03 to CBCF)
- 2012-2013: $110,553.96 ($90,450.62 to CBCF)
- 2011-2012: $121,248.70 ($98,706.92 to CBCF)
- 2010-2011: $143,596.25 ($104,763.53 to CBCF)
- 2009-2010: $104,715.80 ($94,650.96 to CBCF)
- 2008-2009: $92,512.96 ($81,512.96 to CBCF)
- 2007-2008: $50,320.87 ($50,320.87 to CBFC)
TOTAL: $1,349,680.54 ($1,102,689.18 to CCS/CBCF)