Feb. 19, 2010
Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College women's basketball team understands the big picture.
Because of that, the Lady Hawks were able to present one big check.
On Thursday, Feb. 18 at halftime of the Shorter men's basketball game against Emmanuel College, the Shorter women's basketball program presented the Floyd Breast Center with a $16,000 donation towards cancer awareness and research projects, part of a continuing effort that has raised $31,000 for The Breast Center in the last two years and better than $100,000 in the past decade.
For 13 years, Shorter has been a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer initiative and over the past two seasons, has redirected its focus to directly impact Floyd's new Breast Center that is located in the heart of the Rome community.
"In the past two years, our program has been directly affected by breast cancer," said Shorter women's basketball assistant coach Kristy Brown who, along with the freshman year seminar class that she teaches on the Hill, helped plan the Lady Hawks' fundraising efforts. "It was an honor and a privilege to raise money and create awareness."
The Lady Hawks teamed up with Shorter's baseball, softball and cheerleading programs as well as the girls' basketball programs from Model High School and Rome High School to raise the money, a healthy chunk of which came from the Cancer Awareness Basketball Classic hosted by Shorter's women's basketball team on Nov. 21.
The ladies raised $9,500 from the Classic, an event that featured a Shorter men's and women's basketball double-header against Truett-McConnell College followed by a prep double-dip between the Model and Rome junior varsity and varsity girls' squads.
The Cancer Awareness Classic served as a special event for all in attendance.
The Lady Hawks recognized several breast cancer survivors during halftime of their game while Floyd Medical and Coosa Diagnostic were on hand to provide a free health fair.
100 percent of gate receipts and concession monies were donated towards the cause, the Lady Hawks raffled away over 30 door prizes that were donated by local businesses and restaurants and pink t-shirts featuring the event logo were sold throughout the day - all efforts directed at raising funds to find a cure.
The North Atlanta Church of Christ, the church home for Lady Hawk sophomore Allison Danner, even made a $500 donation.
"It was great that our community came together to help us raise money for breast cancer research," said Brown. "It was a fun environment; the gym was decorated in all pink, we had a health fair on the track and also gave away door prizes and pink t-shirts.
"The best part of the day was knowing that our community came together through a basketball game to help a great cause."
Perhaps most encouraging to everyone involved was the increased success this time around, as the Lady Hawks breezed past last year's donation of $15,000.
Still, Brown says, she and her team can and will do more.
"Next year, we are excited to get more of Shorter's community involved," Brown said. "We would love for the sororities and student government to help us make this a bigger event.
"Our team has been directly impacted by breast cancer and we feel very honored and humbled to take part in raising money and awareness for breast cancer."