Shoot for the Cure raises more than $117,000 for breast cancer research

UPEI Women’s Basketball’s local virtual fundraiser pitches in more than $2,300 to the national effort
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A posed image of ten female basketball players wearing pink jerseys
The UPEI Women's Basketball team

Shoot for the Cure, the annual fundraiser for breast cancer research held by Canadian university women’s basketball programs, raised more than $117,000 this year, of which more than $2,300 came from UPEI. Organized since 2007 in collaboration with the U SPORTS Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association, the initiative raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and other related local and provincial charities to help fight breast cancer.

“Though it was a different year for fundraising, our Panther women’s basketball team was still able to make our annual Shoot for the Cure a huge success,” said Madison Orser, a second-year guard from Halifax, Nova Scotia. “We are very proud to participate in such a great cause and are very thankful for everyone who donated and took part in our foul-shot pledge.”

The Panthers all took a turn at the free-throw line, attempting 100 shots each. Donors had the option of pledging a dollar per basket on the player of their choice, or just making a donation amount of their choice. Orser said the team averaged 91.7 baskets, raising more than $1,800.

“To raise this amount of money in such a tough year, without any games or in-person interaction with our fans, is amazing,” said Jeff Speedy, Shoot for the Cure project manager for U-SPORTS. “I am blown away with the engagement and effort by our student athletes, coaches and administrators from across the country. We can all make a difference one donation at a time, and a lot of people have chosen to make that difference.”

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