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Shoot for the Cure back for 10th year after surpassing $1M benchmark
 
October 17, 2016
 
TORONTO (CIS) – The CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association proudly announced Monday its fundraising initiative to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – and other related charities – is up and running for a 10th straight year.
 
The Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007 with over $1 million in donations. This season, for the sixth year in a row, all 47 CIS women’s basketball schools are set to participate in the program.
 
At the 2016 CIS championship last March in Fredericton, N.B. the WBCA presented a cheque for $98,775.90 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. An additional $25,836.86 was amassed by universities that elected to donate their fundraised money to local or provincial organizations, bringing the overall Shoot for the Cure total for the 2015-16 season to $124,612.76, and the nine-year total to $1,011,283.64.
 
“Passing the $1 million mark last season in total money raised from the Shoot For The Cure initiatives was very exciting but this is a new year and we still have a terrible disease out there that affects far too many people every day,” said Jeff Speedy, Shoot for the Cure project manager and head coach at the University of New Brunswick.
 
“My goal is not another one million, yet, but for us continue to have 100 per cent participation in the Shoot For The Cure initiative by all CIS women’s basketball teams like we have for the past few years. I really want to see our women’s basketball programs continue to work hard to raise awareness and funds.”
 
Once again this year, CIS schools will raise money through regular season games, tournaments and other special events. The first Shoot for the Cure games of 2016-17 are scheduled for Nov. 25 at Victoria – host of the 2017 CIS Women’s Basketball Championship – Mount Royal and Thompson Rivers
 
The 2017 CIS Championship is set for March 9 to 12.
 
The fundraising initiative was the brainchild of Rod Gilpin, the long-time bench boss of Bishop’s women’s program now in his ninth season as head coach of the Gaiters’ men.
 
SHOOT FOR THE CURE YEAR-BY-YEAR DONATIONS:
 
2015-2016: $124,612.76 ($98,775.90 to CBCF)
2014-2015: $125,361.76 ($102,312.05 to CBCF)
2013-2014: $138,360.58 ($112,898.03 to CBCF)
2012-2013: $110,553.96 ($90,450.62 to CBCF)
2011-2012: $121,248.70 ($98,706.92 to CBCF)
2010-2011: $143,596.25 ($104,763.53 to CBCF)
2009-2010: $104,715.80 ($94,650.96 to CBCF)
2008-2009: $92,512.96 ($81,512.96 to CBCF)
2007-2008: $50,320.87 ($50,320.87 to CBFC)
TOTAL: $1,011,283.64 ($834,391.84 to CBCF)
   
SHOOT FOR THE CURE 2016-2017 SCHEDULE:
 
Date – Time (all times local) – Host – Event            

November
25        18:00               Victoria                        Regular season vs. UBC
25        18:00               Mount Royal                Regular season vs. MacEwan
25        18:00               Thompson Rivers        Regular season vs. UBC Okanagan
26        13:00               Waterloo                      Regular season vs. Western
26        17:00               UBC                            Regular season vs. Victoria
26        18:00               UPEI                            Regular season vs. Memorial
26        16:00               Manitoba                     Regular season vs. Alberta
           
December
1          18:00               Alberta                         Regular season vs. MacEwan
3          17:00               UNBC                          Regular season vs. Thompson Rivers

January
7          18:15               Saskatchewan              Regular season vs. UBC
10        18:00               Dalhousie                    Regular season vs. Acadia
13        18:00               Carleton                       Regular season vs. Nipissing
13        18:00               Ottawa                         Regular season vs. Laurentian
14        18:00               Lakehead                     Regular season vs. Brock
14        17:00               Lethbridge                   Regular season vs. Saskatchewan
14        17:00               UBC Okanagan            Regular season vs. Victoria
14        17:00               Brandon                       Regular season vs. MacEwan
14        18:00               Queen’s                       Regular season vs. Toronto
19        18:00               Concordia                    Regular season vs. McGill
20/21   18:00/17:00     Calgary                         Regular season vs. Saskatchewan
20        13:00               Laurentian                   Regular season vs. Nipissing
21        18:00               Laurier                         Regular season vs. Toronto
21        18:00               McGill                         Regular season vs Concordia
21        18:00               Brock                           Regular season vs. York
27-29   12:00               Toronto                        Events all weekend / Regular season vs.                                                                                     McMaster (28th)
28        18:00               Regina                         Regular season vs. Calgary
28        18:00               Windsor                       Regular season vs.  Ottawa
28        17:00               UQAM                         Regular season vs. Laval

February
1          18:00               Ryerson                       Regular season vs. York
3          18:00               Saint Mary’s                Regular season vs. StFX
3          18:00               Winnipeg                     Regular season vs. Regina
3          18:00               MacEwan                     Regular season vs. UBC Okanagan
4          18:00               Algoma                          Regular season vs. Western
10        18:00               Nipissing                      Regular season vs. Laurentian
10        18:00               York                            Regular season vs. Ottawa
10        17:00               Trinity Western            Regular season vs. UBC
10-11   18:00/20:00     UNB                            Regular season vs. StFX (women & men)
11        20:00               Bishop’s                      Regular season vs. Laval
11        18:00               Guelph                         Regular season vs. Lakehead
11        18:00               Memorial                     Regular season vs. UPEI
17        18:00               Laval                           Regular season vs. UQAM
17        18:00               Acadia                         Regular season vs. StFX

More games will be added at a later date.
 
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