DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. – The College of Charleston softball team again enhanced its community involvement with participation in Saturday’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The Cougars’ involvement furthers the team’s player-led initiative to impact the community around them.
The members of the team are organizing these projects on their own initiative and without any requirements or demands from the coaches and staff. This time, sophomore pitcher Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) spearheaded the Cougars’ participation and, with the help of such a great organization as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, led the team in a memorable event.
"Volunteering at this event was so memorable,” said Klicker. “Seeing the amount of breast cancer survivors and supporters out running and walking the race gave me hope that someday a cure will be found.
"While coordinating this event, I knew that a number of my teammates have known or know people in their lives who have battled breast cancer, so I thought this would be a great way to remember and honor those loved ones."
The Cougars joined the 10,000 others who participated in the Race and were more than faces in an impressive crowd. Several of the players served as race marshals and provided direction and encouragement as well as refreshments and support for the other participants.
Since 1982, Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.
Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the foundation has invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.
“Participating in this kind of event was a very eye-opening experience for our players,” said head coach Shelly Hoerner. “Seeing so many survivors and their families makes you appreciate what family is all about. The battles these people go through make them even tougher and I am glad my team could come together and see such fighters. Live…Laugh…Love, every day.
“Breast cancer hits close to home with Hope and her family so I am so proud of her inner strength. I am glad Hope coordinated this event for our team so that they could come together and support such a great cause. I know this meant a lot to Hope – for her team to be so overzealous about helping in any way we could.”