Cascades come through on Shoot for the Cure night

Chilliwack's Alexa McCarthy rallied her University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Shoot for the Cure night.

The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades women’s basketball team raised $1,522.85 Friday night, hosting the annual ‘Shoot for the Cure’ night at the Envision Athletic Centre in Abbotsford.

The CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) annually runs a fundraising initiative to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and other related cancer charities, the campaign is in its fifth straight season.

The Cascades started by setting up a table in one of the UFV’s more populated areas during the week. They sold pink mittens, lapel pins, ribbons, water bottles, pens and t-shirts adorned with a logo designed by the WBCA.

On game night, both UFV and the visiting University of British Columbia Thunderbirds wore the t-shirts during warmups, and all the Cascades players wore pink shoe laces to recognized the fight against breast cancer.

“I am very proud of the team. They worked extremely hard to raise the money,” said UFV head coach Al Tuchscherer.

The project was headed by Chilliwack native Alexa McCarthy, a third year Kinesiology major who was the recipient of the 2010-11 UFV Cascades Athletics Community Service award.

The Chilliwack secondary school graduate has been front and center on numerous volunteer projects for UFV athletics. She organized varsity student-athletes to collect 21 boxes of non-perishable food items over the holiday season and was part of ‘Operation Red Nose.’