Feb. 13, 2008
Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers. It is very likely that everyone out there knows or will know in the future at least one person affected by this type of cancer. Breast cancer is among us in one way or another. This is why, Tapiwa Marobela, one of the Florida State women’ tennis team members came up with an idea that the Lady Seminoles should start a drive to help raise money for this cause.
“The fundraiser is called the `Dollars for sets’ fundraiser benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the cure, breast cancer research foundation,” Marobela explained. “We want Florida State tennis fans to help us out in this regard by pledging to donate $5 for every set a player of their choice wins during the season. The maximum donation that will be made is $400, and that can only happen in the event that a player goes undefeated during the season in both singles and doubles,”
This great idea of helping through tennis started last semester when Marobela had to organize a fundraiser for her class. She wanted to do something that will really benefit a good cause and something that is connected with the sport and the team she loves so much.
“I got the idea that this could be my personal project. I know that there are a lot of people affected by breast cancer including some of our closest fans who are survivors,” Marobela said.
Even though the idea itself was Marobela’s idea, yet she admits that without help of people like women’s tennis head coach Jennifer Hyde, sports information graduate assistant Shannon O’Neil and sports marketing intern Lauren Belisle this task would be hard to accomplish.
“Anyone can help us out by downloading a `Dollar for sets’ pledge form at www.seminoles.com, filling it out and returning it to the Florida State tennis mailing address or leaving it at the athletics marketing table in the stands during the men’s and women’s matches,” said Marobela. “Forms are also available at the marketing table in the stands during matches.”
Thanks to the fundraiser, the women’s tennis team has increased their motivation to win. Now, not only they want to win to improve their rankings and have another successful year, but also because they know that their wins will help to raise money for the breast cancer research foundation.
“Once the season is over, information will be sent out to those that participated in the fundraiser and filled out pledge forms,” said Marobela. “All the sets won will be added up and they will be informed how much their pledges raised.”
Written by: Ania Rynarzewska