Student-Athletes Take Part in Relay for Life

April 29, 2012

CINCINNATI - A group of University of Cincinnati student-athletes entered a team in the 10th Annual Relay for Life event at McMicken Commons at the University of Cincinnati.

The 18-hour overnight relay-style event began at 6 p.m. on April 27 and concluded at noon on April 28. The event is run by the American Cancer Society and is a chance to bring communities together to celebrate the lives of individuals who have battled cancer, remember loved ones we have lost, and fight back against the terrible disease. Nearly 1,900 participants entered, making up the 160 teams in the event.

The participants raised $118,618 for cancer research and UC has raised over $1 million since the inception of the event.

The student athlete team entered into the event was coordinated by Alex Carl and Alesia Melton, both members of UC's women's golf team. The team consisted of 20 student athletes from women's golf, swimming, track & field, and volleyball. The team raised $1,000 in pledges.

"We are all affected in some way by cancer; whether it is family or friends," said Carl. "What better way to support them than by raising money in hopes to finding a cure someday?"

The team of student-athletes, as well as the other 159 teams, took turns walking throughout the night. A member of each team was active at all times, which becomes more difficult the later it gets.

"People with cancer suffer on a daily basis, so the least we can do is walk for them and support them," said Carl. "College students are so involved, money is so tight, and athletes have very little extra time but it is nice to see them take a day out of practice and training to support a cause that is bigger than college athletics."