PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 29, 2012) – Rutgers field hockey will head to Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31 for their annual “Stick it to Cancer” matchup, this year honoring late-UVM Alum Stirling Winder. Friday marks the third-straight season that the Scarlet Knights and the Hawks have come together to raise cancer awareness.
“The Rutgers and Monmouth University field hockey programs are honored to compete this Friday in celebration of Stirling Winder, her courage, her passion for life and sport, and her generosity toward others. As a coach, it is extremely humbling to have coached a player who has taught me more than I could have ever taught her,” said Coach Meredith Long.
The “Stick it to Cancer” tradition began in 2010 when now-Rutgers head coach Meredith Long was an assistant at RU, and her sister Maggie was an assistant coach at Monmouth University. The pair initially brought their programs together to honor their father, a graduate of Rutgers and Rutgers Law, who was battling cancer at the time. Though their late father passed away in December 2010, Meredith and Maggie plan to continue the tradition, keeping it at Monmouth University whose coaching staff are close friends of the Long family.
For this year’s game, the New Jersey squads will be playing in honor of Stirling Winder, a 2008 graduate and Alum of the University of Vermont Field Hockey program. Winder was diagnosed with Osteocarcoma in November of 2004, her freshman year at UVM, and though she battled relentlessly and courageously, she passed away in July 2012 at the age of 26. Winder was a member of the first field hockey team Meredith Long ever coached and was said to be an amazing friend, athlete and person. Both Rutgers and Monmouth will come out unified in warm up T-shirts bearing STIRLINGSTRONG and the #14 on the back. The teams will also be selling t-shirts with all proceeds will go to the Stirling A. Winder Fund to help raise money for Osteosarcoma research, an organization created to continue her great work.
If you would like to support the Scarlet Knights and Hawks in their bid to "Stick It to Cancer," please visit: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/rufh/stick-it-to-cancer
For nearly four decades, the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) has been a driving force behind many of the cancer treatments that are saving lives and making headlines today. Over the years, NFCR has helped millions of cancer patients, and much of this has been possible because of the continued loyal support of individuals, donors and organizations.
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