Stanford Women's Soccer to Host KICKS Against Breast Cancer Tournament on April 28

April 11, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - On April 28, the Cardinal women's soccer team will host the KICKS Against Breast Cancer Tournament for the second consecutive year. The 2007 edition of the tournament features the Cardinal as well as Santa Clara, Oregon and San Francisco. The money raised through the event will be split between Stanford University Breast Cancer Research, the Community Breast Health Project and the Claudia Mayer Foundation. Last year's inaugural tournament raised more than $7900.00 to help fight in the battle against breast cancer.

The tournament will include eight matches on two fields with 25 minute halves and five minute halftime periods. All matches will be played on Maloney Field and the adjacent practice field. There is no entrance fee nor tickets needed. There will be a donations table as well as gear for sale and all profits will be donated to the event. Stanford will open the tournament against Bay Area rival Santa Clara at 9:30 a.m. and will follow with games against Oregon and San Francisco at 10:30 and 1:30 p.m., respectively. The championship and consolation matches are set for 3 p.m.

The Stanford University Breast Cancer Research program is aimed at eliminating breast cancer as a health problem by efforts at prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment. The program involves a very large, internationally recognized group of breast cancer researchers and clinicians. The Community Breast Health Project is a community-based support and education resource for women with breast cancer and their families and friends. Its programs range from providing financial support to women with limited resources who are undergoing the evaluation of breast abnormalities to support groups to providing educational resources and programs.?Although this year will mark the 11th anniversary of KICKS Against Breast Cancer, this will be just the second West Coast tournament. The event began in Washington, D.C. and has grown each year. There are now three KICKS tournaments held around the United States.

KICKS was established in honor of Claudia Mayer, who passed away in 1996 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. Since the inception of the tournament 10 years ago, donations and fund-raising by our participating teams and community has totaled more than $700,000. These funds were used to assist with the operating expenses for Howard County General Hospital's Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center in Columbia, Md., as well as free mammography screenings provided by Georgetown's Lombardi Cancer Center to women who lacked health insurance. Since the inaugural tournament, many other businesses have joined in establishing additional fund-raising events. Thus far, more than $1,000,0000 has been raised in support of the Center.

Tournament Schedule:

9:30am
#1 Stanford vs Santa Clara
#2 USF vs Oregon

10:30am
#1 Stanford vs Oregon
#2 USF vs Santa Clara

1:30pm
#1 Stanford vs USF
#2 Santa Clara vs Oregon

3:00pm
#1 Finals
#2 3rd place game

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