26 Jan

Relay for Life to be held in Stadium

first_imgRather than heading out to their usual Friday night festivities, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Notre Dame’s own ACS club are hoping students will take the opportunity to participate in the Relay for Life, a symbolic overnight fundraiser for ACS, going on inside Gate E at Notre Dame Stadium from Friday night until Saturday morning.“The Relay for Life is an all-night walk to symbolize the 24-hour fight people undergo when battling cancer,” Student Committee chair for the Relay for Life Adam Lamm said. “Notre Dame really is a family, and with our unique community, we wanted our own event.”Participants create teams to walk with and focus their efforts on fundraising money to be donated to the ACS for cancer research. “There is ACS grant money being used here on campus, so it’s a neat way to bring it all full circle,” Assistant Director of University Events and Protocol Jessica Brookshire said.Another incentive for students to raise money is that the best student fundraiser will receive a semester of free books and any team who raises $5,000 or more will get a VIP, all-access tour of the stadium after the event, Brookshire said.Lamm said the Relay’s focus is “to celebrate those who have overcome cancer, to remember those who fought cancer, and to fight back to find a cure.”Friday’s event will be Notre Dame’s sixth Relay for Life and its first at Notre Dame Stadium, Brookshire said. Previous years’ relays have taken place at Stepen and on South Quad, but they moved to the stadium “for bigger, better publicity,” Brookshire said. “The charges behind creating the event were to pull the whole university together and the stadium is a great place for that,” she said.Drew McKenna, Intern with University Events and Protocol, said the open nature of the event makes the Relay of Life a true community event.“It’s rare to have an event that’s open for everybody,” he said. “There are class or department events, but nothing is really open to everyone.  This is something all students, staff, and members of the community can participate in.”Students should register in advance at relay.org/ndin, but are allowed to show up at Gate E of the stadium Friday night to register and participate.  “We have events planned throughout the night,” Lamm said.There will be an official opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m., and food and games for kids will be available throughout the night. Hacienda will also be hosting a midnight fiesta complete with games and chips and salsa.Special events include football locker room tours available from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for $5 a person where participants can get a picture with the famous “Play Like a Champion Today” sign and a silent auction from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with prizes like football tickets, memorabilia, and a Brian Kelley meet-and-greet.   “The silent auction should be amazing,” Brookshire said.Aside from hoping for good weather, McKenna hopes people take advantage of events like the locker room tour during the relay.Participants can also make luminaries in honor of people who have fought with cancer that will be lit later in the night. Notre Dame is officially honoring a couple of its own during the event, with Sophomore Kelsey Thrasher, who has been recuperating from chemotherapy at home in Indianapolis, as the relay’s honorary student chair.  Rich O’Leary, a former lacrosse coach and the founder of the rugby program, is also being honored for his battle with cancer, which took his life last year, and his work at Notre Dame throughout his life.  So far, the event has drawn 62 teams made up of more than 700 participants and expects to break attendance of 900 at the event.  Lamm said the Notre Dame community has already exceeded $500,000 in donations.last_img read more

28 Aug

Maidens face Chinese in decisive match

first_imgThere’s everything to play for as Ghana meets China PR in the final Group D match at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2012 in Azerbaijan on Sunday.Group D’s final day fixtures will produce anxious moments as Ghana, China PR and Germany are all in the frame for the two qualifying places for the next round with only Uruguay already eliminated.The Black Maidens, on three points, are a point adrift both the Chinese and the Germans.After strolling past Uruguay 5-0, the Black Maidens need a win to reach the quarter-final for the first time at the competition after two previous attempts all ended at the group stage.China, known as the Steel Roses might be new to the tournament but they remain undefeated so far at Azerbaijan 2012 as they chase a quarter-final berth which will be determined by the thrilling final round results.For Black Maidens coach, Mas-ud Didi Dramani, the meeting with the Steel Roses will be a clash of two teams on a similar level. “I watched China PR’s last two games. We’re on a similar level to them, but I think we have the tools to beat them and get the result we need to book our ticket to the quarter-finals,” said the Ghana coach.The Black Maidens are making their third-time appearance at the competition after their debut in 2008.last_img read more