Wearing pink jerseys, headbands and shoelaces, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School field hockey team took to the field for their second annual Play 4 the Cure game this year against Northwest High School, Germantown.
The game, planned to raise awareness for breast cancer and funds for research, was dedicated to the memory of Jane Harkaway, mother of team member Hannah Harkaway, 15, a sophomore, who recently lost her battle with cancer.
A pre-game candle lighting ceremony honored cancer survivers, those fighting the disease and those who died from the disease.
Tory Silver, 12, sister of team member Peyton Silver, 16, a junior, and a cancer survivor spoke during halftime.
The team also held a bake sale at the game and on three other occasions during the fall and sold pink laces, headbands and wristbands. Those funds, along with donations, totaled close to $3,000, which will be given to the Children’s National Medical Center, Department of Oncology, and the Jane Harkaway Foundation created for Hannah and her sister Danielle, a sophomore at Northeastern University, Wendy Silver, coordinator of the Play 4 the Cure event said. Silver is also mother to Tory and Peyton Silver.
“It is our hope that we can teach these young girls that they can be more than athletes in any given season in any given sport. They can be members of a community as well. It is important that each girl understand the importance of give-back. ...they should understand early on that they can make a difference if they invest, even if just a little bit,” Wendy Silver wrote in an email.