NFHCA designates October as Play4TheCure Month

The National Foundation for Cancer Research's Play 4 The Cure logo.

GILBERT, Ariz. — The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and Play4TheCure are teaming up in the month of October to support cancer awareness and research. This initiative is intended to assist field hockey coaches and their teams in hosting cancer awareness and fundraising events throughout the month of October.

Play4TheCure was founded in 2006 by Tina Reinprecht, coach of the Mystx Field Hockey Club and began as an indoor field hockey tournament designed to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Play4TheCure is now the sport fundraising program for the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) which provides funding worldwide to enable cutting-edge research. Play4TheCure inspires athletes and their teams to leverage their passion for sports to "Play4" loved ones affected by cancer and encourages them to actively participate in working to fund cancer research.  

With the help of Play4TheCure, sponsors, individual donors, and other programs, NFCR has delivered over $380 million to cancer research leading to many breakthroughs, including prevention strategies, earlier diagnosis, and new anti-cancer drugs and therapies. The NFCR is a nonprofit organization that provides scientists with the funding to make game-changing discoveries in cancer treatments, detection, prevention, and ultimately, a cure. NFCR has distinguished itself in the cancer research sector by emphasizing long-term, transformative research often overlooked by other major funding resources.

Supporters and participants of Play4TheCure month will be able to track each team's fundraising progress online at www.crowdrise.com/playnfhca. Teams are encouraged to share their progress on social media using the hashtag #Play4TheCure and tagging @NFHCA. Coaches and teams can find more information about participating in the NFHCA's Play4TheCure month here.