Shoot for the Cure back for 9th year

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OTTAWA (CIS) – The CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association proudly announced Friday its fundraising initiative to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – and other related charities – is up and running for the ninth straight year. The University of Victoria Vikes will host UBC on Jan. 29 in their Annual Shoot for the Cure match up. The women will tip off at 6 p.m. while the men will play at 8 p.m.

 

The Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007 with over $886,000 in donations. This season, for the fifth year in a row, all 47 CIS women’s basketball schools are set to participate in the program.

 

At the 2015 CIS championship in Quebec City last March, the WBCA presented a cheque for $102,312.05 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. An additional $23,049.71 was amassed by universities that elected to donate their fundraised money to local or provincial organizations, bringing the overall Shoot for the Cure total for the 2014-15 season to $125,361.76.

 

This year’s edition of Shoot for the Cure could prove the most special to date, thanks to the fast approaching $1,000,000 benchmark and the launch of a new coast-to-coast project, the Pink Ball Journey. 

 

“This is a very special year,” said Jeff Speedy, Shoot for the Cure project manager, WBCA president and head coach at the University of New Brunswick. “We should easily pass the $1,000,000 mark for total money raised since the inception of this event nine years ago. In addition, we are launching the journey of a pink basketball from the University of Victoria to Memorial University of Newfoundland. This journey starts at UVic on Saturday, will hit every CIS women’s basketball campus during the season, and will conclude with Memorial passing the ball off to UNB at the national championship in March.”

Over the course of its cross-country journey, the pink Wilson basketball will be signed by every CIS head coach.

“The journey symbolizes the struggle people are going through to fight this deadly disease and how we are all in this fight to cure cancer together,” Speedy said. “There will be some great photo ops with the ball every step of the way and everyone can follow the journey on Twitter, as we will be using the hashtags #CoastToCoast and #ShootForTheCure all season long.”

 

Once again this year, CIS schools will raise money through regular season games, tournaments and other special events. The first Shoot for the Cure games of 2015-16 are scheduled for Oct. 8 as part of the University of Calgary’s women and men’s Calgary Cup tournaments.

 

The 2016 CIS championship is set for March 17 to 20 at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

 

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

 

SHOOT FOR THE CURE YEAR-BY-YEAR DONATIONS:

 

2014-2015: $125,361.76 ($102,312.05 to CBCF)

2013-2014: $138,360.58 ($112,898.03 to CBCF)

2012-2013: $110,553.96 ($90,450.62 to CBCF)

2011-2012: $121,248.70 ($98,706.92 to CBCF)

2010-2011: $143,596.25 ($104,763.53 to CBCF)

2009-2010: $104,715.80 ($94,650.96 to CBCF)

2008-2009: $92,512.96 ($81,512.96 to CBCF)

2007-2008: $50,320.87 ($50,320.87 to CBFC)

TOTAL: $886,670.88 ($735,615.94 to CBCF)

   

SHOOT FOR THE CURE 2015-2016 SCHEDULE:

 

Date – Time (all times local) – Host – Event            

October

8          –                       Calgary                        Calgary Cup Tournaments (women & men)               

16-18   –                       Manitoba                     Shoot for the Cure Tournament

November

6          18:00               UBC                            Regular season vs. Alberta

7          17:00               Trinity Western            Regular season vs. Victoria

7          18:00               Ottawa                         Regular season vs. Laurentian

20        18:00               UPEI                            Regular season vs. Cape Breton

20        18:00               Carleton                       Regular season vs. Algoma

20        18:00               Thompson Rivers        Regular season vs. MacEwan

27        18:00               Waterloo                      Regular season vs. York

27        18:00               Mount Royal                Regular season vs. UNBC

27        18:00               MacEwan                     Regular season vs. UBC Okanagan

28        17:00               Alberta                         Regular season vs. Regina

January

9          18:00               StFX                            Regular season vs. UNB

9          17:00               UBC Okanagan            Regular season vs. Thompson Rivers

9          17:00               UNBC                          Regular season vs. MacEwan

16        18:00               Nipissing                      Regular season vs. Laurentian

16        18:15               Saskatchewan              Regular season vs. Lethbridge

22        18:00               Dalhousie                    Regular season vs. Saint Mary’s

22        18:00               Toronto                        Regular season vs. Ottawa

23        13:00               McGill                         Regular season vs. Concordia

23        13:00               York                            Regular season vs. Queen’s

23        18:00               Algoma                        Regular season vs. Lakehead

27        18:00               Laurier                         Regular season vs. Windsor

27        18:00               Brock                           Regular season vs. Guelph

29        18:00               Winnipeg                     Regular season vs. Saskatchewan

29        18:00               Victoria                        Regular season vs. UBC

30        13:00               Western                       Regular season vs. Laurier

30        14:00               Winnipeg                     Regular season vs. Saskatchewan       

30        17:00               UQAM                         Regular season vs. Laval

30        17:00               Lethbridge                   Regular season vs. Alberta

30        18:00               Lakehead                     Regular season vs. McMaster

February

3          18:00               Ryerson                       Regular season vs. Brock

6          18:00               Memorial                     Regular season vs. Dalhousie

6          18:00               Queen’s                       Regular season vs. Lakehead

6          18:00               Bishop’s                      Regular season vs. Concordia

6          18:00               Windsor                       Regular season vs. Nipissing

12        18:00               Saint Mary’s                Regular season vs. Acadia

12        18:00               McMaster                     Regular season vs. Ottawa

12        18:00 / 20:00   Brandon                       Regular season vs. UBC (women & men)

12        18:00               Fraser Valley               Regular season vs. Thompson Rivers

12-14   –                       UNB                            Basketball & volleyball games throughout weekend

13        14:00/16:00     Concordia                    Regular season vs. McGill (women & men)

13        18:00               Laurentian                   Regular season vs. Nipissing

19        18:00               Acadia                         Regular season vs. UNB

19        18:00               Laval                           Regular season vs. McGill

19        18:00               Guelph                         Regular season vs. Toronto

19        18:00               Regina                         Regular season vs. Saskatchewan

26        18:00               Cape Breton                 Regular season vs. Dalhousie

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