Women’s Soccer Team Celebrates the Life of Kathy Schimmel
BY KATE SANCHEZ
When the women’s soccer team secured a 2-0 victory in the “Play for K. Schimmel” game against Fontbonne University on Saturday, winning wasn’t the only thing on their minds. The purpose of the game, played just days before the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month, was to acknowledge and raise funds for the current fighters, survivors, and family members who have been lost to this disease.
The soccer team came up with the idea for the fundraiser after senior soccer player Ashley Schimmel lost her mother to breast cancer six months ago,
“This game means a lot to our team,” Adrienne Ebersole, ’17, said. “In preparation for the game, every single player stood up and took charge to make sure that everything is perfect in celebrating the life of Kathy Schimmel.”
For the past week, members of the team have been selling $4 wristbands, $10 T-shirts, and 50/50 raffle tickets. All of the proceeds raised and donated will go toward the Arkansas State Soccer Association and “Real Men Wear Pink” organization.
Globally, breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women, according to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and since 2008, worldwide breast cancer prevalence has increased by more than 20 percent.
“This is a very emotional game for everyone, and every player on this team will have the Schimmel family in their hearts tonight as we go out and start our conference season,” Ebersole said before the game. “The game allows us to channel our energy and leave everything out on the field for her.”
Senior soccer player Eileen Koppy said the team’s ability to support Schimmel brought them closer together than ever.
“We played the entire 90 minutes with skill, hard work, determination, and most importantly heart,” Koppy said. “I’m happy that the Kathy Schimmel game not only was able to change the team’s mentality but also the lives of others we were able to reach out to through fundraising.”
The game was the Blue Jays’ first conference win of the season, with Ashley Schimmel scoring the first goal.