The spring season for West Virginia women’s soccer was cut short, but not before the team got together to continue their tradition of kicking cancer.
The Mountaineer are active in the fight against cancer during the season, notably with their annual pink game. With their extra time in the offseason, though, the squad organizes their annual 4 v. 4 Breast Cancer Tournament fundraiser, which benefits the WVU Cancer Institute.
The team has held this event for over 20 years, and has raised over $160,000 according to WVU Medicine. This year’s tournament included 85 teams, each with a WVU women’s soccer player filling a roster spot.
“We value and we appreciate Mountaineer Nation so much and this is just another opportunity for us to thank them, but also participate with those in our community,” Izzo-Brown said. “And I think it does both parties so well. Our players are such huge role models, but also for our players to appreciate the love and appreciation they have for the game.”
Along with the entry fee, there were several auction items that helped raise money as well — including a basketball signed by Bob Huggins and one of WVU President E. Gordon Gee’s personal bowties.
Arguably the most coveted item, though, was the chance to have a team coached by Neal Brown.
“He was really open-minded and enthusiastic, and obviously, he supported the cause and was willing to be raffled off to coach a team,” she said. “We were thrilled that he was able to not only show us his enthusiasm for our event, but also that he could coach soccer — his team won the championship of course, so I teased him and said that he can coach football and football. He’s a multi-sport on campus right now.”
This year’s tournament netted over $11,000, smashing their goal of $10,000. The fight against breast cancer is far from over, however — if you would like to help the WVU women’s soccer team kick cancer, head over to WVUCancer.org/give by clicking here.