SAN DIEGO – The UC San Diego softball team participated in the 17th annual Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure Sunday, Nov. 3. The 5K run/walk began at 8 a.m. in Balboa Park and included over 12,000 people in the event.
The event raised more than $1.1 million for breast cancer awareness, screenings and research. The 2013 run/walk marks another year the Tritons have been involved in the important event for the student-athletes as women, but as a team as well.
“It’s meaningful to the team because everyone knows someone in their family or a friend who has been effected by breast cancer,” said head coach Patti Gerckens. “The event is something we have a strong belief in and want to continue being involved with. Cancer is a terrible disease and we are trying to be part of the movement to raise money and help in any way we can.”
The UCSD Department of Athletics is committed to actively participating in the community through a variety of outreach events and services. Student-athletes from 23 sports participate in a wide range of service and outreach programs in and around the San Diego area and beyond.
“The softball team is also involved in other community events throughout the season,” said Gerckens. “The team is also involved in an event called ‘Team-Up’ where the girls go to local schools and work with children in physical education activities.”
For more information on Susan G. Komen San Diego and a place to donate to the cause, click here.
The 2014 softball season begins on Feb. 1 against Western Oregon. The opening series is part of a five-series homestand for the Tritons to open up the season. A full schedule can be found by clicking here.