DU Athletics and Zeta Tau Alpha Team Up During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The Dukes and ZTA are teaming up in the fight against breast cancer.

Oct. 9, 2012

The Duquesne Athletics Department and Zeta Tau Alpha are teaming up against breast cancer. During the month of October, several of Duquesne's teams will be holding events to raise awareness of and raise money for the fight against breast cancer and Zeta Tau Alpha is on board to help out. At each event, Zeta Tau Alpha will have breast cancer awareness merchandise for sale such as key chains, bracelets, pins, and much more to benefit its national philanthropy, "breast cancer education and awareness.".

"Partnering with Duquesne Athletics is a great opportunity for us to not only increase awareness of breast cancer, but it also helps us raise funds to donate to help find a cure," said Cassie Edlis, Vice President I, coordinator of committees for the Duquesne ZTA chapter. "The upcoming October events pose an opportunity where different organizations of the Duquesne community are able to collaborate on such an important charity."

Volleyball (October 14) For the fourth straight season, the Duquesne volleyball team is joining up with the Side-Out Foundation to help raise money for breast cancer research. This season's "Dig Pink" match will be on Sunday, October 14 when the Dukes host La Salle at the Palumbo Center at 1:00 p.m.

Duquesne is setting a goal of $3,500 and is reaching out to friends, family and fans for donations to help the team reach its goal. You can also contribute by coming to the match where there will be a donation box set up. Cash and checks made payable to "The Side-Out Foundation" will be accepted.

In addition, Zeta Tau Alpha will be holding a "Chuck-a-Duck" game with proceeds going toward its national philanthropy. Fans can purchase a duck and then participate in the game. Prizes will be awarded!

Swimming (October 19) For the second straight season, the Duquesne, St. Francis and CCSU swimming teams are working together to raise funds to donate to The American Cancer Society. Throughout the month of October all three programs will be wearing pink caps and raising money for breast cancer awareness. The culmination of the fundraising efforts will be the Duquesne/St. Francis/CCSU Tri meet @ CCSU on October 27 with the proceeds benefitting The American Cancer Society of New Britain. Last year, the three teams raised over $7,000 for The American Cancer Society of Pittsburgh.



Duquesne's swimming team will use a Swim-a-thon and a home swim meet to raise funds. On October 19 during its "Splash Out Cancer" meet versus Akron at 5:00 pm at Towers Pool, the swimming team will be taking donations at the door. Anybody who makes a five dollar donation will be given a duck to participate in ZTA's "Chuck-a-Duck" game. Anyone who donates any amount, will be given a raffle ticket for a chance at additional prizes.

The Swim-a-thon will take place during a practice on October 20. The entire team, including the coaching staff, will be swimming for this great cause. An average practice is about 6,000 yards (240 laps). You can donate by the lap, by the yard or make a flat donation.

Football (October 20) During half time of the October 20 football game versus Sacred Heart at 12:10 pm on Rooney Field, Zeta Tau Alpha will be releasing balloons in honor and memory of those who have had the unfortunate encounter with breast cancer. They are asking a donation of $2 per balloon of someone you know who has either survived or lost the battle to breast cancer.

At the game, ZTA will have a wall displayed of everyone who purchased a balloon and who it is in honor or memory of. Balloon sales will take place at each of the breast cancer athletic events and various days in the student union throughout the month of October. All of the proceeds go directly to its national philanthropy.

About Zeta Tau Alpha In the past 20 years, Zeta Tau Alpha has been steadfastly committed to its national philanthropy, breast cancer education and awareness. Within the last two years, members all over the country have raised six million dollars. Here at Duquesne University, the 60 members have worked hard in raising eight thousand dollars since 2010. Their efforts to raise awareness consist of handing out "Think Pink" ribbons and self-examination reminder cards. They also hold several fundraisers throughout the year in order to raise funds for their cause. Zeta Tau Alpha has several partnerships in order to raise awareness and educate on breast cancer; Susan G. Komen since 1992, Yoplait Yogurt Pink Lid collection since 2004, the NFL since 1999, Self Magazine and The Bank of America.


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