Baltimore Businesses Pledge to Cycle for Young Adults Fighting Cancer

MedStar Health Systems, M&T Bank, Merritt Clubs, Mindgrub, Allegis Global Solutions, and Shapiro commit to spinning for a cause during the first annual Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults Cycle to Inspire.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) has created an exciting opportunity for Baltimore businesses to join the fight against young adult cancer, while strengthening internal teams, encouraging corporate wellness, and broadening networks. On Friday, September 15th UCF will host Cycle to Inspire, a half-day team spinathon at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore-based organizations create teams of 10 employees who will be challenged to cycle for one of multiple 45-minute spin session throughout the day led by some of Baltimore’s best spin instructors. Teams will compete to win the ‘Every Mile Matters’ award for most miles covered and the ‘Every Dollar Counts’ award for the most money raised.

The proceeds from Cycle to Inspire will help to expand UCF’s young adult cancer support services by creating a patient navigation program within the MedStar Health System in Baltimore. This new program will provide essential resources and a community of support to young adult cancer patients undergoing treatment at MedStar institutions. This service complements existing programs UCF offers at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, Children’s National Medical Center, and the John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“We are excited to offer an opportunity for Baltimore-based businesses and organizations to get involved with our organization and have the ability to directly support services for young adults facing cancer diagnoses, and their loved ones, in the Baltimore area, said Brian Satola, COO at the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. “We have great organizations in MedStar, M&T Bank, Merritt, Mindgrub, and Allegis Global Solutions already committed and look forward to bringing additional companies and organizations on board.”

“The goals of the Ulman Cancer Fund are our goals too,” said Linda Rogers, Vice President of Oncology for the Baltimore Region of MedStar Health. “Raising funds, awareness, and support for the specific needs of young people with cancer is something we can all embrace. Here’s an opportunity to join forces with this incredible and compassionate organization, one we’ve long respected that directly benefits patients. We are grateful for the partnership and excited for the opportunity to participate in what is sure to be a fun way to promote survivorship and the fight against cancer.”

Team participation and sponsorship opportunities for Cycle to Inspire are available. For more information on how you can get engaged and serve young adults facing cancer, visit http://ulmanfund.org/cycletoinspire.

ClearShark Named Presenting Sponsor of 2016 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

ClearShark Named Presenting Sponsor of 2016 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon in Partnership with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

COLUMBIA, MD – March 16, 2016 – The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is proud to announce an official partnership with IT Solutions Provider, ClearShark, which includes the presenting sponsorship of the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon to take place on August 7, 2016. In addition to presenting sponsor of the August event, ClearShark will also be a featured sponsor of the Columbia Triathlon on May 15, 2016; both triathlons are organized by and benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Committed to supporting the local community and particularly organizations in the cancer space, ClearShark first reached out to the Ulman Cancer Fund in the fall of 2015 and the relationship has since developed into a formal partnership.

Named the best women’s event in the Mid-Atlantic, 2016 marks the 11th year of the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, a widely popular, sprint distance race, held in Centennial Park. This inspirational event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle, and celebrating each woman’s unique journey toward the finish line. The addition of ClearShark as the presenting sponsor will increase on-course support and enhance the overall race day experience for participants.

ClearShark avidly supports local community events and activities, and it is an organizational priority to donate to local charities such as the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Becoming the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon official presenting sponsor is the most recent activity in a series of engagements in which the two organizations have joined together. In November of 2015, ClearShark participated in the Across the Bay 10K, the company’s mascot ran to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund, donating $2 for every runner the mascot passed. ClearShark donated $5,000 as a result of this effort. Since then, staff members of the Ulman Cancer Fund have shared ways the organization changes the lives of young adults impacted by cancer with ClearShark employees and provided them the opportunity to put together chemo care bags for patients currently in treatment.

“The Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is an inspiring event that empowers women athletes and promotes a healthy lifestyle, something we’re thrilled to be a part of,” said Brittany Wilson, Marketing Manager for ClearShark. “We’re looking forward to having employees participate in the race in addition to motivating athletes throughout the day.”

“Receiving support from ClearShark at this level is exciting for our entire organization and will directly benefit not only the athletes participating in our two triathlon events this year, but on a greater scale, will benefit the young adults and families we work with,” said Brian Satola, Chief Operating Officer of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Registration for the 2016 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon presented by ClearShark is open online at www.ulmanfund.org/ucfraces through July 22, 2016. All proceeds from the race benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

About the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults & UCF Races
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (ulmanfund.org) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer. Founded in 1997, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults works at both the local and national level to ensure that all young adults impacted by cancer have a voice and the necessary resources to thrive.

UCF Races was established in 2010 to further the mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. UCF Races organizes the Columbia Triathlon and Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, first class endurance events that enrich the community, celebrate the achievements of every participant and ultimately spread awareness of the young adult cancer fight.

About ClearShark
ClearShark (clearshark.com) is an IT Solutions Provider and a 2014 and 2015 Inc. 5000 company based in Hanover, Maryland. ClearShark is a team of highly experienced sales professionals who provide their expertise to deliver the best overall enterprise storage, cyber security, virtualization, high performance computing, datacenter and cloud infrastructure solutions to the federal government. ClearShark’s award-winning partnerships with industry-leading innovators ensure that their customers receive the ideal combination of products and services to exceed their mission and goals.

 

Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon to Host First Disabled Woman Triathlete

On Sunday, August 16, 2015 approximately 1800 women, ranging in age from 13 to 80, will participate in the 10th Annual Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon. Among those women will be Columbia, Maryland’s very own Defu Fekadu, the first disabled woman triathlete to participate in this race.

A Columbia, Maryland staple and an introductory triathlon for many women in the area, the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is an inspiring women’s event on many levels, but getting a glimpse of Defu and her team at this year’s race is sure to be the most inspiring sight to see. Defu will be supported by a team of women from Athletes Serving Athletes, a non-profit organization that empowers athletes living with disabilities to train and compete in mainstream running and triathlon events. Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA) provides the assistance of able-bodied volunteers termed “Wingmen” and Defu will not only be the first disabled woman to participate in this event, but ASA will also provide for the first time, a complete team of women “Wingmen” to support her along the way.

The team consists of swimmer, Aleah Zinalabedini; biker, Melinda Peters and runner, Kerry Blackmer who will all work together with the help of their team leader, Jennifer Roussillon to assist Defu across the Iron Girl finish line. When asked about Defu and the experience so far, the ASA Wingmen each have an empowering and inspiring story of their own to share.

“Defu told me that ASA has given her a voice,” said Melinda Peters, biker wingman. “I think she is brave, not only for competing in this race but for constantly motivating and teaching others that they too can do anything they put their mind to.”

“I’m truly honored that Defu and ASA are giving me the opportunity to swim with her in this year’s Iron Girl,” said Aleah Zinalabedini, swimmer wingman. “I am consistently inspired by her beautiful smile, incredible outlook on life and ability to work through her fears with grace.”

“I’ll never forget the first time I met Defu,” said Kerry Blackmer, runner wingman. “I’m not sure that I realized then the profound impact Athletes Serving Athletes and Defu would have on my life.”

It is easy to get caught up in medals, times, awards and personal records in a race like the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon. Team Defu stands as a reminder that this race means so much more than that. This race, and anything like it that is a true test of physical strength and mental endurance, is about empowerment and finding the courage to do something that might seem impossible.

“Just like any athlete, Defu, has been training for Iron Girl. She has gone outside of her comfort zone and continues to push forward,” said Jennifer Roussillon, team leader. “Simply put, Defu is the epitome of what it means to be an Iron Girl, and I am honored and humbled to be on this journey with her.”

The 10 Year Anniversary of the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon will take place on Sunday, August 16, 2015 in and around Centennial Park in Columbia, Maryland. The race will start with the swim portion at approximately 6:50 a.m. and continue through the late morning. For more details on the event and to view results after the event, visit www.ulmanfund.org/ucfraces/ .
About the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults & UCF Races

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (ulmanfund.org) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer. Founded in 1997, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults works at both the local and national level to ensure that all young adults impacted by cancer have a voice and the necessary resources to thrive.
UCF Races was established in 2010 to further the mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. UCF Races produces first class endurance events that enrich the community, celebrate the achievements of every participant and ultimately spread awareness of the young adult cancer fight.

 

About Athletes Serving Athletes

Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA) is a non-profit organization located in Maryland that empowers athletes living with disabilities to train and compete in mainstream running and triathlon events. Most ASA athletes have very limited to no mobility and compete with the assistance of able-bodied volunteers termed “Wingmen” (men and women, young and old, fast and slow). ASA offers innovative athletic training, supportive mentor relationships, and high quality endurance events for athletes living with disabilities – all of which are free of charge to the individuals and families served. To support or learn more about ASA please visit: www.athletesservingathletes.org

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults’ Blue Jeans and Bowties Ball celebrates 17-year anniversary and honorees

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Community members and organizations to be honored for their contributions to the young adult cancer fight on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

BALTIMORE, Maryland – January 20, 2015 – The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) will celebrate its 17-year anniversary and honor community members and organizations who contribute to and further UCF’s mission to create a community of support for young adults and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. The Blue Jeans & Bow Ties Ball will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm at M&T Bank Stadium, Club Level South. The evening will include gourmet buffet stations, signature drinks, beer and wine, silent and live auctions, and dancing. The event emcees will be Comcast Sports Network Anchor, Brent Harris, and Ironman Announcer, Jeff Meeks, with entertainment provided by Badmoon.

Honorees include:

Ulman Family Founders’ Award                                   Hope Award

Jamie Roberts (posthumously)                                Children’s National Medical Center
The Shearer Family

 

Volunteer Service Award                                               Partner Award

Cancer to 5K Coaches                                            Navigator Management Partners
There Goes My Hero

Young Adult “FIGHT” Award

Mike Tirone
Alex Feinberg
Paul Lemle
Patti Jackson
Bo Oliver

“Our Blue Jeans and Bowties Ball continues to make a lasting impact on those who attend. This year, we are excited to honor some amazing individuals and partners in a thrilling new venue, M&T Bank Stadium. We are humbled by the support and dedication to our mission by of each of our. We look forward to showcasing each individual and organization as well as highlighting UCF’s many accomplishments which are making a positive impact in the lives of young adults and their loved ones affected by cancer,” said Brock Yetso, UCF’s President & CEO. “We look forward to sharing a wonderful evening with our supporters and hope to continue to inspire and engage individuals in growing our community of support so we can continue our programs and services for many years to come.” 

About Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults:

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, UCF helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information, support groups, and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation Programs have set a national standard and can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. For more information, please visit, http://www.ulmancancerfund.org.

Media Contact Information:
Rachel Wiederhold
UCF Director, Human Resources & Operations
(410) 964-0202 x 107

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OWINGS MILLS LASER TAG DONATES 100% OF SALES TO ULMAN CANCER FUND FOR YOUNG ADULTS

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100% of Laser Tag Sales for XP LaserSport go to Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults every remaining Friday in January

BALTIMORE, Maryland – January 8, 2015 – After the holiday season, many nonprofit organizations find it difficult to raise money. XP LaserSport in Owings Mills plans to keep the giving going for one local nonprofit by donating 100% of their laser tag sales to Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) on every remaining Friday in January (1/9, 1/16, 1/23 & 1/30).

UCF is a popular Baltimore area nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young adult cancer patients and survivors. “Lots of businesses do charity fundraisers. We wanted to do something big. Giving up our sales on Friday is the biggest thing we could do,” said XP Managing Partner Marc Mueller. “If this catches on, we may do it every year.”

“The UCF is honored to partner with XP Laser and the Friday Night Fight Club benefitting UCF”, says Brock Yetso, UCF’s President and CEO. “UCF raises awareness by creating opportunities and platforms for people and communities to get active in the fight against cancer. We feel this is a great opportunity for Baltimore and surrounding communities to come together to have fun while supporting and raising awareness about the young adult cancer fight.”

xplasersXP LaserSport hopes to donate $10,000 to UCF. The facility located at 12400-B Owings Mills Blvd Reisterstown, MD 21136 will be open from 3:00 pm until 11:00 pm each Friday in January for the Laser Tag Friday Night Fight Club for UCF.

About Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults:

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, founded in 1997, is the national leader in providing specialized support for young adults affected by cancer. With nearly 70,000 young adults diagnosed every year, UCF helps young people fight the disease and navigate treatment by providing access to information, support groups, and other specialized programs. UCF Patient Navigation Programs have set a national standard and can be accessed remotely or through onsite Patient Navigators at a growing number of hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. UCF changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. For more information, please visit, http://www.ulmancancerfund.org.

About XP LaserSport Owings Mills:

XP LaserSport Owings Mills is the second XP LaserSport location in Maryland and is home to the largest multi-level in Baltimore. XP LaserSport Owings Mills is also the only laser tag in Maryland to offer two distinct styles of laser tag on site: traditional “sport” laser tag and video game style “tactical” laser tag. More information about XP LaserSport is available at http://www.xplasersport.com.

Media Contact Information:

Jason Bock, XP LaserSport
CELL: 716-316-6236
EMAIL: jbock@lasertagguy.com
WEB: http://www.xplasersport.com

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ReCap: OMG2014 5K FunRun

“The OMG2014 Cancer Summit for Young Adults was amazing! It’s incredible to see hundreds of young adult cancer survivors becoming their own advocates, and seeking the connections and resources that they need to thrive.”

– Laura Scruggs

Brock Yetso, stops to “Zach” with a survivor at the OMG2014 UCF Fun Run

This past weekend UCF and Stupid Cancer held a 5K Fun Run at Stupid Cancer’s OMG2014 Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. The OMG Summit is one of the largest conferences for young adults impacted by cancer in North America. Panels were held discussing everything from physical wellbeing to rallying community support. Talking to a number of survivors and UCF staff who attended the Summit and Fun Run revealed a number of great discussions on the endless issues young adult survivors face.

“I enjoyed the ’Meditation and Mindfulness’ discussion the most this year.” said Scott Slater, testicular cancer survivor. “I felt that it touched on something that is so needed by this community. (And I was glad to see that quite a few attendees were very new to the concept and therefore could benefit greatly)” Laura Scruggs, Program Manager of Mission Engagement at UCF was excited to see, “an entire panel discussion dedicated to discussing the ‘First Steps to Fitness,’ which definitely reflects the growing emphasis on studying the importance of exercise during and after treatment.”  Many panels allowed for imitate discussion, namely the “Just For Girls/Guys” series. According to Melinda Hood, uterine cancer survivor, “I really enjoyed the “Just For Girls” panel. It is a great chance to let it all hangout and ask questions you might not ask in another setting.” On the flip side, Paul Berman, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor said,  My favorite panel this year, [and every year], is the Just for Guys session. We get to talk about anything and everything that is bothering us as guys: relationships, dating, diagnoses, and of course, how to get your life back to “normal” and get busy living. I got to hear a bunch of people’s stories, situations, issues and contribute advice based on all of my experiences. I consistently hear feedback from all guys who attend about how happy they are to be able to talk openly and get other opinions from other guys who ‘get it’.

Overall the importance of physical activity, and promotion there of, was highly present at the summit. “I feel like there was a fair amount of importance attached to things like exercise, meditation and nutrition — the very things that people stop doing first when ‘life gets in the way.’” remarked Slater. I think OMG did a good job promoting health and exercise this year.”, said Berman. “In addition to the fun run, which was a great addition from previous years, we had several other sessions which also focused on health and exercise, such as the ‘First Step to Fitness’ class, ‘Meditation & Mindfulness’, and ‘Practical Nutrition in the Real World’. I think these are great ways to promote just how much being healthy plays a role in life after cancer.” By engaging the Ulman Cancer Fund in hosting the Fun Run, Stupid Cancer clearly wanted to demonstrate the importance of physical activity for survivors to their attendees. The incredible turnout for the Fun Run also reflected the growing interest in physical activity from the young adult cancer survivor community.” said Scruggs.

 

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Scott Slater (tutu) & Paul Berman (green shoes)

Judging from the 100 survivors who signed up for the 5K Fun Run, the idea of keeping active post-treatment is widely popular. “I was shocked at how many people came out to run so early on Friday morning!”, reports Scruggs. “Not only did about 100 participants walk and run, but there were also dozens of folks dressed up for the event in everything from tutus to superhero costumes. We were thrilled to see how enthusiastic people were about being active at OMG.” Hood said, “There were a variety of people who participated.  Some who were recently in treatment and some who had been cancer free for years.  I loved that people of any ability level were encouraged to participate.” Melanie Kabo, who is currently under going treatment, states “The fun run was great, for me personally it reinforced the importance of being active. I think for others it did as well, as several people walked, they realized that they can get out and walk a 5k, that’s pretty inspiring and reinforcing.”

Events like the 5K Fun Run are great for engaging those who may not be so confident in their running abilities. Hood states, I think events like the fun run do a great job at reintroducing survivors to physical activity.  Fitness walking or running is something just about anyone can do and events like this that were very social are important to show people that you don’t have to do it alone.”  I think the fun run was a great way to get people who are looking to get started on the road to fitness moving.”, according to Berman. “It provided various pacing options for people of all levels, so that everyone could participate.” 

Overall, Stupid Cancer’s OMG2014 5K Fun Run was a great success! We were able to meet many amazing people and share incredible stories. It also acted as a great opportunity to connect more survivors and patients to our Cancer to 5K program. According to Scruggs, “More patients and survivors than ever before had mentioned that their treatment team emphasized exercise as a part of their survivorship, but were searching for a place to get started. I was really proud to be able to provide them with a zero-cost option for getting back on their feet (Cancer to 5K).” 

We’re already looking forward to next year’s summit. If you’re interested to hear more about the Fun Run or learn more about Cancer to 5k please contact Laura Scruggs at laura@ulmanfund.org.

An Open Letter To Our Community on the Future of TriColumbia

An Open Letter To Our Community on the Future of TriColumbia

Our community has been buzzing for the past week about the disappointing challenges being faced by the Columbia Triathlon Association (known to most of us as TriColumbia).  Last Wednesday, TriColumbia announced they were on the verge of going out of business and in jeopardy of not being able to produce their races this year.  There’s been confusion about what happened and concern over how it will impact individuals (participants and volunteers) and our community (businesses, charities, tourism and more).  As a Howard County native, long-time marathoner, triathlete and Ironman Finisher (including several TriColumbia events), current President of the Howard County Tourism Board, and President & CEO of The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, I care deeply about the future of TriColumbia and its Howard County events.

The Columbia Triathlon was my first, as it was for many of you in our community. And as the father of two young boys, I hope some day they will have the opportunity to participate in one of these very races we’re trying to save.  From a professional standpoint, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a non-profit organization founded in Howard County, has worked closely with TriColumbia for the past 10+ years and was the first national beneficiary of the Columbia Iron Girl Triathlon (one of the flagship TriColumbia events we’re attempting to save).  We have brought hundreds of passionate athletes to TriColumbia’s races through our Team Fight program, and we’ve provided volunteers for virtually all of its races.

As someone who is highly vested in this topic on many levels, I’d like to share a solution I believe can maintain the elements of TriColumbia that are critical to our community, our organization, and so many business and charitable partners involved in their efforts over the past 30+ years.  The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults wants to acquire and produce all of TriColumbia’s Howard County events.  We envision an approach and philosophy that would benefit the entire community and keep race production and ownership local.  In simple terms, we believe it’s the right thing to do, and we’re confident we can be successful in continuing to support and grow these community-based events while engaging community partners.

We bring a great deal of experience with endurance events to the table and have a track record of strong commitment to this community.  Dating back to our organizations’ beginnings, sport has been an integral part of how we’ve brought people together and raised awareness and support for our mission – and the missions of so many other worthy causes.  Our first ever event was a college soccer tournament in 1998 that took place at Howard High School and was organized by a handful of dedicated volunteers.  I played in this game and saw firsthand the power that sport can have in bringing people together to change lives.  In 2001, my family and I created a running and cycling event with UCF in memory of my mom called Columbia’s Cure that was hosted at Centennial Park for six years.  Through partnerships with TriColumbia and others in our community, Columbia’s Cure evolved into Howard LifeFest and now what is the Iron Girl Half Marathon (one of the TriColumbia events we’re attempting to save).  Most notably, our organization has been the owner, producer, and beneficiary of the Half Full Triathlon since 2010.  This event was recognized by our community, athletes from all over the country and USA Triathlon as one of the top charity triathlons in the country annually bringing together over 1,000 athletes to race for various school, triathlon clubs, and charities.

In our work, and the work of so many of our community partners, we believe and know sport can change lives.  We’re in the business of changing lives and investing in opportunities that we believe can position us to do this better every day.  So while it’s still unclear what exactly our role would be or how it would be structured, we hope TriColumbia will consider us as a serious option as they explore potential partners to keep their successful events alive for years to come.  Through our partnerships in the community that we have built over the past 16 years, we’re confident we have the will and capacity to assume ownership of all of TriColumbia’s Howard County events.  We are confident we can continue these events using an approach that embodies the shared values of our founders, our organization, and the community we call home.

Respectfully,

Brock Yetso

Brock Yetso
President & CEO
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
@brockyetso

 

Ulman Cancer Fund Named Beneficiary of Headers for Hope Soccer Showcase

headers for hopeWe are excited to announce that Headers for Hope and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) are partnering for the Headers for Hope 2013 Women’s Soccer Showcase. Participating collegiate teams include: University of MarylandLoyola University,College of William and MaryU.S. Naval AcademyOld Dominion UniversityPenn State University, and the University of Virginia. The Headers for Hope 2013 Women’s Soccer Showcase will be held on April 13, 2013 at the Howard High School Stadium in Columbia, MD.

“Headers for Hope is a great nonprofit organization that seeks to raise money for local charities in the fight against cancer. We are honored to have been selected as the local charity partner for the tournament,” says Brock Yetso, UCF President & CEO. “As a former collegiate UVA soccer player, this is an event that is close to my heart paring my love of soccer with my passion for the cancer fight.” The Headers for Hope Tournament provides coaches and players an opportunity to play some of the best teams in women’s college soccer, while also providing teams the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer. The seven teams will compete against each other in a round-robin tournament with UVA vs Penn State at 6pm. All day tickets will be $10 at the gate.

“I am delighted that we will partner with the Ulman Cancer Fund for 2013,” said Louise Waxler, founder of Headers For Hope. “The ability to raise awareness about the risks of cancer to our college athletes and young soccer players is our ultimate goal. Our partnership with the UCF provides us with the opportunity to spread the word and to help make a difference in saving the lives of those we love.”

For further information, please see the event website: www.headersforhope.org.

About Headers for Hope:
Headers for Hope was established in honor of every individual who has been diagnosed with cancer. Founder of Headers For Hope and long-time soccer sports industry veteran Louise Waxler created the Foundation in loving memory of her good friend who passed away after her two-year battle with this deadly disease. Headers For Hope works with tournaments and teams across the country and within each sport to raise money, which is donated back to their local cancer charity or organization. For more information on how to get involved, please visit www.headersforhope.com.

Schedule of games:
9:30 am – Navy vs. ODU
11:00 am – UMD vs.  William & Mary
1:30 pm – ODU vs. Loyola
3:00 pm – William & Mary vs. Navy
4:30 pm – Loyola vs. UMD
6:00 pm – Virginia vs. Penn State
7:30 pm – Columbia Alumni (Men)