EASTON, Mass. (April 3, 2017) - Supported by NCAA Division II field hockey programs around the country, Stonehill College sophomore back MacKenzie Greenberg and the Skyhawks field hockey program raised $3,000 for the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Fund with its Athletes Crush Cancer 5K run on campus recently.
Inspired by Greenberg, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer sophomore at Hopedale High School and continues her battle to this day, Stonehill field hockey head coach Susan Ciufo assisted her in organizing the 5K race as a fundraiser along with Athletes Crush Cancer. The response was overwhelming, not just on the Stonehill campus, but throughout the field hockey community as 18 fellow NCAA Division II programs, including nine of its 14 fellow Northeast-10 Conference teams, made donations and participated in their own way, including running the 5K on their campuses the weekend of the event.
"I just wanted to give back to what Athletes Crush Cancer has done," said Greenberg of the fundraiser. "It turned out to be so much more than I ever expected when we started to plan it a month ago. Thanks to the D2 Challenge and the support of the other field hockey programs around the country, it turned into so much more than I could have anticipated and to me, that means the world."
Behind the support of Millersville University head coach Shelly Behren's challenge to all field hockey programs in Division II to support Greenberg's 5K, the following programs all contributed in some way: Assumption, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Franklin Pierce, Lindenwood, LIU Post, Mercy, Mercyhurst, Millersville, New Haven, Pace, Saint Anselm, Saint Michael's, Seton Hill, Slippery Rock, Southern Connecticut State, Southern New Hampshire and West Chester.
Fellow Stonehill teams that supported the event were: Women's Basketball, Women's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track & Field.
"It was such an amazing day for 'Mack,' the coaching staff and team," said Ciufo. "We are just so touched by the amount of people that showed up on campus and the support of the field hockey teams around Division II running their own 5Ks on their campuses. The amount of support by so many means so much."
Individuals can still support the Arms Wide Open Cancer Fund by making a donation here: https://awoccf.org/donate/
Stonehill finished its 2016 season with a 14-6 record overall, including a 9-3 mark in the Northeast-10, in its way to earning the eighth NCAA Tournament bid in program history.
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