By Molly Cunha
Both on and off the field, the members of the field hockey team are constantly striving to be their best. By supporting the national nonprofit organization ‘Go4theGoal’, the team is raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer, while also balancing being undefeated and ranked 4th in the country by NCAA in Division II.
‘Go4theGoal’ launched an initiative, Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer, in 2011 in which athletes of all sports and levels across the country wear gold laces to support the fight against pediatric cancer. Each member of the field hockey team, led by head coach Raenee Savin, donated and received a pair of gold laces that they wear every day in their turf shoes.
Savin has created an online funding page for her team, and also opened it up to their friends and other athletes to donate, expanding the awareness among the athletes at Post as well as Division II field hockey. “I wish that there wasn’t a need to raise funds and awareness, but because there is, I’m glad LIU POST Field Hockey can be a part of it!” Savin said. “Not only is our team taking part in this cause, but we’ve encouraged others to join us and many other D-II field hockey teams have jumped on board as well.” Others can help by either donating to the field hockey funding page or giving $5 to ‘Go4theGoal’ to receive a pair of gold laces that represent the color of pediatric cancer awareness.
On Sunday, Sept. 17, the team held a pediatric cancer awareness game against St Michaels University. The fellow NE10 team also donated and made an impact, with their team also lacing up. The entire field hockey team at East Stroudsburg University, another Division II rival, has also donated to the cause, as well as members of the LIU Post lacrosse team and the equestrian team.
The impact of spreading the word, not only at LIU Post, but also at other Division II schools is rewarding to members of the team. “It’s wonderful to see opposing teams coming together, all wearing gold laces to support a great cause,”Kaycee Zelkovsky, a senior leader on the team, said.
Students interested in donating to a good cause can go to liupostpioneers.com and contact Coach Raenee Savin. The funds provide immediate support to children and their families in our local area. By working together, the LIU Post community can Lace Up 4 Cancer, wear gold, and fight.