Champlain Valley field hockey coach Tucker Pierson has plenty of experience with cancer: She lost both parents to the disease. In remembrance of all those who have battled cancer, the Redhawk leader and her team have decided to dedicate one of their games to the cause.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, the Redhawks will host their second Coaches vs. Cancer game when the team takes on Mount Mansfield at 3:45 in Hinesburg.
“I just think we have all been affected by cancer and the majority of girls on my team have had someone who has had cancer in their life,” Pierson said. “It’s us acknowledging that it’s there.”
The team will host a bake sale and the junior varsity B team will help with a 50/50 raffle during both the 3:45 varsity game and the 5:15 JV A game. In addition, the CVU players will wear special T-shirts. All proceeds from the bake sale, raffle and the T-shirts will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
“I would love to have it be more hands-on but for now we are raising money and donating it,” Pierson said. “One of the former coaches, Enid, has fought cancer and our athletic director has overcome cancer, so we have some longtime people at CVU who we see every day who have gone through it.”
In just her second year with the team, with help from some team parents, Pierson is looking to make the Coaches vs. Cancer game an annual thing and maybe expand the game to include more teams across Chittenden County.
In addition to the game day fundraisers, CVU is hosting an online fundraising campaign, which can be found at pledgeit.org/cvu-field-hockey-coaches-vs-cancer-challenge.