By Lemika Fondren
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – (June 28, 2018) – The National Sports Center and Stick It to Cancer Women’s Hockey Tournament presented a $61,009 check to the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota Monday. The annual tournament, now in its 20th year, was held at the Schwan Super Rink back in early April. The tournament’s goal is to raise funds to help support breast cancer research.
50 teams from Minnesota, California, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin came to play in this all female tournament in both youth and adult divisions. A ceremonial check presentation was held at the Masonic Cancer Center with director Dr. Douglas Yee and Shawn Keenan representing the center. Representing the Stick It to Cancer tournament was director Kristi King and several staff who organized the tournament.
“It’s very rewarding to go to the Masonic Cancer Center in person and meet the people doing the research to win the battle against cancer,” King said.
King emphasized how the tournament was about much more than just a team winning a game.
“It’s rewarding to see people come together for a cause,” King said, “They’re still playing a competitive sport, but the most important aspect isn’t winning the game, it’s helping people raise money, or to honor people who have passed away.”
Since its inception 20 years ago, the tournament has raised over $870,00 for breast cancer research.