UWS Athletes Stepping Up To The Plate To Help Cancer Patients

By KBJR News 1

October 7, 2011 Updated Oct 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM CDT

Superior, WI - (Northland's News Center) - Athletes at the University of Wisconsin-Superior are stepping up to the plate to help cancer patients, one hat a time.

For the last few weeks, the UWS men and women's soccer team have been busy collecting caps.

The goal: Donate them to Cancer treatments centers in the Northland.

"We said if we got 100 caps that the soccer team would buzz their hair. And we said if we got 150 hats that I would shave my head...and we actually doubled that amount, we got over 300 hundred hats, so we're really excited," says Men’s Head Soccer Coach, Joe Mooney.

The men's soccer team shaved their heads to show unity with cancer patients.

The women's soccer team got a massive hair cut to donate to a wig-making program.

"It's nice to sometimes small town you think you're not doing a lot but it's nice to be able to show that we can make a difference and we can help people all around the world," says men's soccer team captain, Thomas Schuldheisz.

Program Manager for Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center, Colleen Baggs, says seeing the students part with their hair is a significant part of this event.

"For a survivor, losing their hair is just one of the challenges that they face. And so their getting a small dose of some of the challenges that our cancer survivors have as well," Baggs said.

While most of the team was on board with shedding their hair, there were a few on the fence.

"Some of the upper classman with a little bit longer locks were a little bit uneasy about it, but the opportunity to help out and be involved and use this as a team bonding event, as well as a chance for community service and to help the greater community, they were really excited to get involved with it," Mooney said.

The soccer teams weren't the only ones putting in a little sweat for the event. Family, friends and the northland community stepped in to help.

"It goes to show that our parents and our fans and the faculty and students here have a large interest and a big heart to help out," Schuldheisz says.

All the caps donated towards the Caps For Cancer event were given to the Cancer Center at Essentia Health and the Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center.

Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.