All 43 schools to take part in Shoot for the Cure

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Michel Belanger

OTTAWA (CIS) – The CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) proudly announced Friday that for the first time since the launch of the Shoot for the Cure campaign five years ago, all 43 CIS women’s basketball schools would take part in the initiative that raises money for the fight against breast cancer.

“That is really exciting. Getting every team on board was definitely one of our objectives this year,” said University of New Brunswick head coach and Shoot for the Cure project manager, Jeff Speedy. “Our other main goal remains to reach half a million dollars raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in the first five years of the initiative.”

Shoot for the Cure has proven an overwhelming success in its first four years with close to $400,000 in donations to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and other related cancer charities.

At the 2011 CIS championship last March in Windsor, the WBCA presented a cheque for $104,763 to the Foundation, surpassing the $94,650 collected in 2009-10 and the amounts from the 2008-09 ($81,512) and 2007-08 ($50,320) seasons. In addition to these impressive totals, $59,896 was amassed over the past three years by schools that elected to donate their fundraised money to local cancer organizations.

Once again this year, CIS women’s basketball programs raise money through regular season games, non-conference matches, tournaments and special events.

The 2011-12 Shoot for the Cure schedule – which kicked off in mid-October and will culminate in March at the CIS championship in Calgary – is now comprised of 47 events. The campaign resumes this weekend with events at Winnipeg, Queen’s, Brock and Dalhousie.

The fundraising initiative was the brainchild of Rod Gilpin, the long-time bench boss of the Bishop’s women’s program now in his fourth season as head coach of the Gaiters’ men’s team.

2011-12 WBCA SHOOT FOR THE CURE EVENTS:

 

Oct. 14-16 Manitoba Bisons Shoot for the Cure Invitational

Oct. 14-16 Bishop’s Reebok Shoot for the Cure Tournament

Nov. 4th Thompson Rivers Regular season vs. Fraser Valley

Nov. 5 Regina Regular season vs. Saskatchewan

Nov. 12 Trinity Western Regular season vs. Manitoba

Nov. 12 UBC Regular season vs. Regina

Nov. 18 Waterloo Regular season vs. RMC

Nov. 19 Waterloo Regular season vs. Queen’s

Nov. 19 Carleton Regular season vs. Windsor

Nov. 25 Wilfrid Laurier Regular season vs. Laurentian

Nov. 25 Alberta Regular season vs. Trinity Western

Nov. 26 Alberta Regular season vs. Fraser Valley

Nov. 26 StFX Regular season vs. Dalhousie

Nov. 26 Saskatchewan Regular season vs. Trinity Western

Dec. 2 McMaster Regular season vs. Toronto

Dec. 2 Western Ontario Regular season vs. Queen’s

Dec. 29-31 Concordia Reebok Invitational Tournament

Jan. 13 Winnipeg Regular season vs. Brandon (BUZZ OFF Cancer)

Jan. 14 Queen’s Regular season vs. York

Jan. 14 Brock Regular season vs. Western Ontario

Jan. 14 Dalhousie Regular season vs. Saint Mary’s

Jan. 21 Lakehead Regular season vs. McMaster

Jan. 21 York Regular season vs. Toronto

Jan. 21 Lethbridge Regular season vs. Calgary

Jan. 21 Laurentian Regular season vs. Ryerson

Jan. 21 Memorial Regular season vs. Acadia

Jan. 22 Memorial Regular season vs. Acadia

Jan. 25 Saint Mary’s Regular season vs. Dalhousie

Jan. 27 Acadia Regular season vs. Dalhousie

Jan. 27 Ottawa Regular season vs. Laurentian

Jan. 28 Guelph Regular season vs. Brock

Jan. 28 Windsor Regular season vs. Lakehead

Jan. 28 Laval Regular season vs. UQAM

Jan. 28 McGill Regular season vs. Concordia

Jan. 28 Calgary Regular season vs. Alberta

Feb. 3 Fraser Valley Regular season vs. UBC

Feb. 3 UNB Regular season vs. StFX

Feb. 3 RMC Regular season vs. Queen’s

Feb. 3 UBC Okanagan Regular season vs. Victoria

Feb. 3 Brandon Regular season vs. Lethbridge

Feb. 4 UNB Regular season vs. StFX

Feb. 4 UPEI Regular season vs. Dalhousie

Feb. 4 UQAM Regular season vs. Concordia

Feb. 10 Toronto Regular season vs. Laurentian

Feb. 10 Ryerson Regular season vs. York

Feb. 11 Cape Breton Regular season vs. UPEI

Feb. 17 Victoria Regular season vs. UBC

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