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Last Game: 2
March Total: 7
Season Total: 45
PHILADELPHIA - Behind the Charge for a Cure initiative and several other charitable events, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team raised more than $4,000 in 2011-12. Since head coach Mike McLaughlin took over in 2009-10, the team has raised $12,250 for various charities.
In three seasons, McLaughlin's Quakers have been extraordinarily active off the court in support of local, national and international causes. In its second year, the "Charge for a Cure" initiative, has raised nearly $7,000, which is in addition to the $5,500 raised for breast cancer awareness and the 400-plus pairs of shoes collected in 2010 for Haitian citizens after the nation's devastating earthquake. The Quakers also adopted 13-year-old Emily Miccarelli, a brain cancer survivor, through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation for the 2009-10 season.
This year, the Quakers collected more than $2,000 from 41 donors in the second year of the Charge for a Cure initiative. Through raffle, t-shirt and ticket sales, the team raised another $1,540 with their annual Play 4 Kay "Pink Zone" game held on Feb. 4. The NCAA donated an additional $500 after the Quakers won the 'Pack the House' challenge for the second straight year.
Donors of Charge for a Cure pledged a donation for every offensive charge taken by the Quakers during the season. The initiative helped the Red and Blue on the court as they took a total of 45 charges this season. Donors included many members of the Penn Athletics Department, Penn Alumni, current athletes, members of the media and family and friends.
The charges were added up monthly with November's donations going toward the American Cancer Society, December's charges went toward Autism Speaks, January supported Luekemia and Lymphoma Society, February's proceeds went toward the ALS Association of America and March supported The Michael J. Fox Foundation (Parkinson’s Disease).
"I think this has been a really great effort by so many people," McLaughlin said after the first year of the Charge for a Cure initiative. "The money is extremely helpful to the cause and its a great thing, but even more so is the awareness that this initiative brings toward these diseases. We are grateful to raise money for these causes, but we always felt the most important part of this initiative was about raising awareness. We hope this only continues to grow so that we have the opportunity to reach as many people as possible."
All of the proceeds from the Play 4 Kay game will be donated to Penn's Rena Rowan Breast Center at the Abramson Cancer Center.
A huge thank you to our 2011-12 Charge for a Cure donors!!
Dave and Sue Dolan
Cherry Joy Beysselance
Kevin and Jane Allen
Colleen and Larry McCullough
Fred and Willy Peters