Crusaders Bench For A Cure At 10th Annual Benching For Breast Cancer
By Julian Jackson
Special to GoHolyCross.com
On Friday, Dec. 8, hundreds of Crusaders took a much needed break from the intense schedule of finals and studying in order to devote a few hours of their time to the 10th annual Benching for Breast Cancer. Students eagerly came together in the new weight room at the Luth Athletic Complex. Some teams donned costumes while packing the weight room to bench for a cure.
For the 10th annual event, over 600 students and student-athletes participated. With a donation of $15, students were admitted to the event and received this year’s Benching for Breast Cancer t-shirt. With streamers hung from every weight rack and adorning the poles and ceilings, the new weight room was specially decorated for the event. The room also included a “Who do you bench for” poster where students wrote names of friends and family who have battled breast cancer. This year, students raised over $7,000 with the proceeds being donated to Pink Revolution, a local breast cancer awareness and fundraising non-profit organization.
With the entire weight room decorated for the event, the scene brought various on-campus communities together, and is a welcomed break from the finals schedule. “Benching for Breast Cancer is one of the best events of the year,” said senior women’s swimmer Nina Sparre. “It is awesome to unite the whole school to support such a great cause. HC for a Cure puts on an amazing experience and it’s really cool to see all the athletic teams get together! We have an amazing athletic community and it’s so exciting to participate in these kinds of events together.”
After teams benched and recorded their results throughout the process, Head Strength and Conditioning coach Jeff Oliver led the candlelight ceremony to honor those who have battled and are currently fighting breast cancer. Father Michael Rodgers led the group in prayer after coach Oliver’s remarks, with students extinguishing their candles. Co-chairs of the event Emma O’Brien and Gordon Farley also spoke at the ceremony.
“Benching for Breast Cancer really shows Holy Cross students at their best in a lot of ways,” said Farley. “It has grown into the largest RSO event on campus, and this year we had over 600 students participate and raised over $7,000 for breast cancer research and patient care efforts. Every year benching cultivates an unparalleled sense of community and competition, but also never loses sight of the greater purpose of the event. This occasion would not have been possible without the support from Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Oliver, the entire Athletic Department, the Student Government Association, Father Rogers, the Office of Student Involvement, Pink Revolution and the passionate students at Holy Cross.”
SGA Co-President Maggie Scanlon, who attended the event spoke to HC For a Cure’s growing role in the Holy Cross community. "HC for a cure is a great organization that has successfully put on Benching for Breast Cancer for many years and works diligently all semester to put on this event,” said Scanlon. “Benching for Breast Cancer is so important to the Holy Cross community because it provides a way for students to come together and raise money for an organization that affects the lives of so many. It is such a great way to bring students, teams, coaches, faculty and together and foster a sense of community in the fight against cancer."
Despite the tumultuous schedule of finals and athletic schedules, members of the Holy Cross community came together to bench for a cure at the 10th annual Benching for Breast Cancer, which hosted a record number of students to raise $7,000 towards a cure.