BLAINE, Minn. (June 26, 2018) – Every year, the Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center hosts the Stick It to Cancer Women’s Hockey Tournament. The tournament’s mission is to raise funds to help combat breast cancer, with proceeds donated to the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.
This year’s tournament, the 20th annual, was held April 13-15. Fifty teams played in this all-female tournament, with both youth and adult divisions offered. Teams came from Minnesota, California, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
A ceremonial check presentation, to donate the $61,009 raised this year, was made Monday, June 25 at the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. Representing the Cancer Center at the presentation was Dr. Douglas Yee, Director, and Shawn Keenan. The Stick It to Cancer tournament was represented by director Kristi King, and several other National Sports Center staff members who organized the tournament.
Dr. Douglas Yee (right front), Director of the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, accepts the donation check from the National Sports Center, surrounded by NSC staff members responsible for organizing the Stick It to Cancer Tournament.
In the 20 years the tournament has been held, over $870,000 has been raised to aid in the fight to conquer breast cancer.
“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,” said King.
“Hockey’s a very competitive sport,” she continued. “When you play hockey, your goal is to win the championship, to win the game. A tournament like this ties in a greater purpose, and gives people a bigger perspective on life.
“It’s rewarding to see people come together for a cause. 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.”
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