BRISTOL, Tenn. – Prior to the Conference Carolinas soccer doubleheader between King University and Lees-McRae College on Wednesday, the King cycling team will be riding the game balls to Hampton, Tenn. There, they will meet the Lees-McRae cycling team who will ride the game balls from Hampton to Banner Elk, N.C., where they will be presented to Lees-McRae's Rita Smith prior to kickoff of the women's contest at 5:00 p.m.
Smith has been at Lees-McRae since 1983 and is currently the director of athletic training and their senior women's advisor. As a cancer survivor, the game balls will be presented to Smith prior to the contest.
"My mother is a breast cancer survivor and this effort will hopefully continue to raise awareness for this disease," Lees-McRae Athletic Director Craig McPhail said. "Having our cyclists bring the game ball in further shows our efforts to promote healthy habits amongst our student-athletes as well as draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month."
The athletic departments at King and Lees-McRae will each make a donation to the Susan B Komen Foundation in support of this event. Supporters of both programs are encouraged to donate to breast cancer research.
"Whether it is an individual, a family member or a friend, breast cancer has impacted nearly everyone's life in some way," King Athletic Director David Hicks said. "To have two rival institutions coming together for this cause is a testimony to the fact that breast cancer transcends any rivalry or game. I'm proud of the coaches and student-athletes from both cycling programs for their cooperation to raise awareness for a great cause."