May 11, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team participated in the eighth annual Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament (KABC) April 4, in College Park, Md. The Buckeyes set a record for the largest charitable collegiate contribution received by KABC, with over $13,000, smashing the previous mark of $8,000. The event itself has raised over $275,000 for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center in Columbia, Md.
The tournament, held in Germantown, MD, consisted of 17 collegiate and club teams from around the nation including, Ohio State University, West Virginia University, The University of Maryland, The University of Illinois and The University of Virginia. The night before the tournament, the Buckeyes presented tournament director Louise Waxler a check for $13,000 at the annual ceremonial banquet.
"Although many great teams competed in this event, it was not about soccer and competition," Jonathan Lipsitz, OSU assistant coach, said. "This event was about doing our best as a team for a great cause and to help in the community. Our effort was about the true meaning of being a Buckeye and what Ohio State is as a program. We are proud of the dedication put forth by the team to raise a great amount of money for a tremendously important cause."
Louise Waxler, KABC tournament director, developed the fundraiser in 1997. She mobilized volunteers from the Howard County General Hospital, Maryland State Youth Soccer Association and several other organizations to help stage The Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament to honor the memory of Claudia Mayer, who died of breast cancer at the age of 47 in 1996. Claudia was a soccer enthusiast and a woman who displayed extraordinary courage as she battled the disease that eventually took her life.
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