The University of Toledo women’s basketball team raised $11,393.15 for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure of Northwest Ohio at its second annual “Rockets For the Cure” game vs. Western Michigan Feb. 13.
Toledo had two victories to celebrate — the 65-41 win over the Broncos and raising funds for a good cause.
“I am just blown away by the generosity of our fans,” said Head Coach Tricia Cullop. “I can’t say enough about how they stepped up for this great cause. We more than doubled what we raised in our first ‘Rockets for the Cure’ game last year. I hope we can continue to increase that amount every year.”
The pink Nike jerseys that the team wore were made especially for the game. Some of the jerseys that were auctioned off after the game went for $1,000 or more.
WTOL News Anchor Chrys Peterson, the guest emcee for the second consecutive year, announced raffle winners during timeouts and also told the crowd of 4,225 more about Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Many in the crowd wore pink; this included some who donned “Rockets for the Cause” T-shirts, courtesy of Corner Dental.
A total of $13,020.65 was raised through a combination of a live auction of the players’ pink game jerseys, the raffle, the sale of T-shirts and donations. All proceeds minus the costs of the team’s uniforms went to Susan G. Komen.
Toledo’s final regular season home game will be against Ball State Saturday, Feb. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in Savage Arena.