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U SPORTS – VICTORIA (U SPORTS) – The U SPORTS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association proudly announced Sunday the organization had raised $90,703.21 for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in 2016-17, thanks to the milestone 10th edition of its annual Shoot For The Cure initiative.

The impressive amount was unveiled following the first quarter of the championship final – between the Laval Rouge et Or and McGill Martlets – of the ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS Women’s Final 8 at the University of Victoria’s CARSA Performance Gym. Jeff Speedy, project manager for Shoot For The Cure and head coach of the UNB Varsity Reds, presented a cheque to Jan Buehler, Team Lead Annual Giving at the Canadian Cancer Society. 

An additional $31,571.76 was amassed by schools that elected to donate their fundraised money to local or provincial organizations, bringing this season’s Shoot For The Cure overall total to $122,274.97 and the decade-long total to $1,133,558.61 since the initiative was launched in 2007-08 to raise awareness and money to fight the deadly disease.

For the sixth straight season, all 47 U SPORTS women’s hoops programs participated by holding one or numerous fundraising games or activities over the course of the campaign.

“It was another great year for the Shoot For The Cure initiative,” said Speedy. “We raised over $120,000 as a group and the Canadian Cancer Society will be receiving close to $90,000 to continue the fight against this terrible disease. I am very proud of our coaches and student athletes for their dedication again this year. Their efforts are very impressive and really show the quality of role models we have in U SPORTS Women’s Basketball.”

The money will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society, after the organization merged with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) – the previous recipient of Shoot For The Cure funds – last month. 

For more information on the Canadian Cancer Society or to make a donation, visit: 
http://www.cancer.ca/ 

SHOOT FOR THE CURE YEAR-BY-YEAR DONATIONS:
 
2016-17: $122,274.97 ($90,703.21 to CCS)
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: $1,133,558.61 ($925,095.05 to CCS/CBCF)

About U SPORTS

U SPORTS is the national brand for University Sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit usports.ca or follow us on:

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For further information, please contact:

Ken Saint-Eloy
Manager, Communications
U SPORTS
Cell: 647-871-7595
ksainteloy@usports.ca 

Alan Hudes 
Coordinator, Communications
U SPORTS
Off: 905-508-3000 ext. 242
Cell: 647-991-5343
ahudes@usports.ca

David Conlin
University of Victoria
Off: 250-721-8410
Cell: 250-418-5633
vicvikes@uvic.ca