BEMIDJI, Minn. — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) and to show its support Bemidji State University Athletics and three women’s athletic programs are hosting a weekend for cancer awareness Oct. 12-14. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and join the teams in a fight against cancer.
Friday, the volleyball team is hosting a Dig Pink event where the squad will wear pink uniforms in its 7 p.m. match versus No. 2 Southwest Minnesota State University. American Cancer Society volunteers will be selling T-shirts, selling luminaries for the Relay for Life and collecting donations for the American Cancer Society - a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Saturday, the women’s ice hockey team will play St. Cloud State University at 3:07 p.m. and in support of BCAM both teams will wear pink socks and use pink stick tape. All donations will go to the American Cancer Society.
The BSU soccer team plays Winona State University Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Cheryl Smith Memorial/Cancer Awareness Game. The game is dedicated to Cheryl Smyth, the mother of former BSU soccer player Kara Smyth, who died in 2010 from lung cancer. Free will donations will allow admittance to the match and go to the Steve Berard family, a local family battling cancer. T-shirts supporting cancer awareness will be sold during the game.
The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services, to learn more about the cause or if you would like to make a donation visit www.nbcam.org.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).