Friday's Soccer Doubleheader to Serve as Gauchos Kick Cancer Event

Oct. 14, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer, the UC Santa Barbara women's soccer program has declared its Friday match with UC Davis as a Gauchos Kick Cancer event and the team will wear pink ribbon patches on their uniforms. To show solidarity with the women's team, the Gaucho men will also don pink ribbons during their nationally televised match against Duke following the women's match.

"The inspiration to have a cancer awareness event came from two different sources," said women's head coach Paul Stumpf. "We have a women's soccer alum that is a breast cancer survivor and recently one of our player's mothers passed away from cancer.

"We are really excited to be holding this event and are hoping a lot of people come out to the game. It is important for us to raise awareness about this devastating disease not just to our fans, but for our own student-athletes so they are reminded to take care of themselves and to seek out early detection."

Santa Barbara Cancer Center has partnered with UCSB Athletics for the event and will be handing out information at the game. Additionally, pink wristbands will be given away to fans.

Gauchos Kick Cancer falls within the Gauchos Live Pink initiative, which seeks to raise breast cancer awareness at several Gaucho Athletics events throughout the year, including women's basketball and softball.

The women's soccer match will begin at 5 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium and the men's match will follow at 8 p.m.

To purchase tickets please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here.

Gauchos Kick Cancer is part of the the BE Great initiative, which is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity and social awareness and ensuring academic success.