Coyotes for the Cure Events Continue Through Oct. 11

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One might assume that breast cancer is not top-of-mind for college students, but the Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes have clearly made it a priority every October, donating more than $17,000 to the Tammy Walker Cancer Center since 2011.

The funds have been generated by pink t-shirt and jersey sales, raffles and bake sales during athletic events – coordinated by student-athletes and supported by the entire campus.

“Our student-athletes have embraced this great cause, many because they have relatives who have had breast cancer, and others because they feel passionate about the cause,” said head volleyball coach, Fred Aubuchon.

The planning of this year’s Coyotes for the Cure campaign began months ago and is being spearheaded by a committee of 12 student-athletes and head Women’s Soccer Coach, Blake Reynolds.  “Pink” activities are slated for volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and football competitions throughout the month of October.

“I am impressed by the commitment of our student-athletes to make these events meaningful and successful for the Tammy Walker Cancer Center,” said Reynolds.

The student-athletes will be selling a special Coyotes for the Cure t-shirt leading up to October. On October 1, many of the sports teams will be hosting special fundraising carnival games in the Hauptli Student Center before the 7 p.m. volleyball match against Bethany. At the volleyball match, the team will be honoring cancer survivors and special autographed pink volleyballs will be available via auction.

The sport teams will also be celebrating Coyotes for the Cure at the October 4 soccer doubleheader and the October 11 football game, both at Salina Stadium.

In addition to the pink-themed games, the university will host the finish line for the Fe for a Cure 5K race on October 11. KWU will be decked out in pink to welcome the runners and walkers, who will begin on the other end of Santa Fe at St. John’s Military Academy. The Blades will be performing, and there will be a survivor’s lap around the campus’ fountain in front of the Hall of Pioneers. Get full race information here

Breast cancer awareness is not the only initiative the Coyotes support. Last fall the men’s soccer team rallied to raise funds for Oscar Campa, a sixth grader at South Middle School who developed Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, in September 2013. The team dedicated the October 10, 2013 game to Oscar, donning Team O warm-up shirts, allowing Oscar to sit on the bench during the game, and contributing funds to help the family with medical expenses.  

Coyotes for the Cure Activities

Monday, September 29

  • Breast Cancer Perspectives, 8 p.m. | Sams Chapel, The Hall of the Pioneers | Free admission | Hear from a breast cancer survivor, and learn more about breast cancer from Tammy Walker Cancer Center medical care providers

Wednesday, October 1

  • Volleyball vs. Bethany, 7 pm | Free admission for cancer survivors
  • Pre-game reception hosted by the Salina Alumni Council, 6 p.m. ($5 per person) | Wear pink or purchase a Coyotes for the Cure t-shirt to support Tammy Walker Cancer Center
  • Coyotes for the Cure Festival, Hauptli Student Center | Adults and kids will enjoy playing games, bidding on auction items, and raising money for breast cancer awareness (proceeds raised go to Tammy Walker Cancer Center)

Saturday, October 4

  • Women’s Soccer – noon | Wear pink or purchase a Coyotes for the Cure t-shirt to support Tammy Walker Cancer Center
  • Men’s Soccer – 2:30 p.m. | Wear pink or purchase a Coyotes for the Cure t-shirt to support Tammy Walker Cancer Center

Saturday, October 11

  • Fe for the Cure 5K, 9-11 a.m., ends at KWU, music by The Blades | Visit for more information
  • Football vs. Tabor, 1:30 p.m. (Family Fun Day) | Wear pink or purchase a Coyotes for the Cure t-shirt to support Tammy Walker Cancer Center | Kids will enjoy bounce houses, carnival food, games and much more!