Garrison Forest School, an all-girls school in Owings Mills, MD, recently finished their rookie season with Play4TheCure. Their Varsity and JV field hockey teams raised an impressive $2,315! In an interview, Brian McComas, Team Parent and Fundraising Coordinator, revealed how the teams became involved with Play4TheCure and what contributed to their success.
Q: How did you hear about Play4TheCure? And, why did you decide to support NFCR?
A: We heard about Play4TheCure via social media and USA Field Hockey. We decided to support NFCR because it allowed us to directly support breast cancer research, which is a big focus of charitable fundraising for Garrison Forest School historically. Garrison Forest, being an all-girls school, was a great fit!
Q: What role do the student-athletes play in the fundraising and preparing for the game?
A: The girls helped promote our “Pink Game” and solicited donations via friends and family. We were extremely happy to succeed in achieving and even surpassing our fundraising goal. We pulled things together quickly and had great success with only a 10-day window before our “Pink Game!”
Q: What was the atmosphere like on game day?
A: The atmosphere was almost like a post-season playoff game! Both our Varsity and JV teams participated this year, donning pink socks and plenty of pink ribbons. Next year, we hope to include the middle school teams and to promote the fundraiser for the entire month of October!
Q: What kind of impact do you see this having on your community? Do they anticipate this yearly fundraising event?
A: The impact on the school community was outstanding. The student body, faculty, field hockey teams, and their supporters rallied together for one goal and that only enhanced the strong bond already in place and has them looking forward to next year already!
Q: Did any families or individuals share personal stories about how breast cancer has affected them?
A: So many stories were exchanged about how breast cancer has affected so many families in our school community- it would be unfair to highlight just one. The bonds created by sharing these stores with one another will certainly last a lifetime.
Q: Did the team enjoy hosting a Play4TheCure event? If so, what was the best part?
A: The team loved the fundraising effort, and I think they wholeheartedly look forward to next year and doing it bigger and better. The best part was seeing so much pink on and off the field that day!
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