Women's Soccer Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Release Date:
October 6, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Kelly Starchok decided her women’s soccer team at Hilbert College will be involved in at least two community service projects after she took over the head coaching position in August 2011. On October 2, the women’s soccer team participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in downtown Buffalo. The American Cancer Society hosts the event annually with thousands of walkers weaving the city streets to raise awareness and money for cancer research.   

As many people know, including the majority of the women’s soccer team, cancer is a very serious disease impacting thousands of family, friends and associates. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk brings the community together to celebrate women and men who have battled breast cancer, to educate people, and to also empower communities to join the fight. The women’s soccer team directed thousands of people who were enthusiastic and excited to walk for the cause. 

Since 1993 the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk has had nearly 7 million participants, who have helped raise more the $400 million. In 2010 alone $60-million dollars were raised by nearly 800,000 walkers across the country. Every dollar raised through this walk has gone toward finding cures and fighting back against breast cancer.  

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.