Shooting for a Cure

The Relay for Life Committee is holding its first ever basketball knockout competition to raise awareness and money for cancer research on Nov. 20.

Knockout Cancer with Relay for Life will pit teams of four players against one another in a basketball shootout. To register, each player must donate $2, adding up to $8 per team. The committee hopes to raise over $100 in all. According to the event’s Facebook group, the winners of the competition will be awarded “awesome” prizes.

The competition also didn’t require funds to organize, according to Jess Abrams.

“We didn’t have to put any money into the event, so whatever we make will be put towards future fundraising activities as well as the actual relay event itself,” Abrams said.

As of yet, only a few teams have signed up for the competition so far, but Abrams said she anticipates many last minute registrations.

Those who wish only to be spectators have the opportunity to donate $1 at the door and be entered into a raffle for a special “Door Prize.” The campus radio staff will also be involved with the event and will act as DJs.

The knockout competition will be the last event the committee puts on this semester, but next year, numerous others are planned. The “highly anticipated” Cuties for a Cure Auction will be held on Feb. 19 and a scavenger hunt is planned to be held in March. The actual Relay for Life event will be held on April 8.

If the upcoming knockout competition is successful, Chair of Website Development Alicia Paczkowski believes another one just like it will be scheduled for the near future.

“Hopefully it goes well and we can do it annually,” Paczkowski said.

The knockout competition will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. this coming Saturday in the Elting Memorial Gym. Those who have organized the event such as Abrams, stress the benefits it will have.

“It’s just going to be a fun way to spend a few hours and raise awareness and funds for a great cause,” Abrams said.