Rec Sports Kickball to Kick Cancer Where it Hurts


Alexis Davlin/San Jacinto Times

Hannah Hoffman (front) throws to Mary Shelley during last year’s cancer awareness event.

San Jacinto College Central Campus Rec Sports and First Year Experience (FYE) are joining together for a second year to host Kick Cancer Kickball Oct. 22 in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

According to Rec Sports Staff Assistant and adjunct instructor Mary Shelley, “Last year was the first time teaming up with FYE, and it was very highly successful. We had over 200 students there. Hopefully, this year it’s bigger than that.”

FYE Coordinator Liz Garcia said the public is welcome and advanced registration is not necessary.

“It’s open to everybody, not just the students,” Shelley added.

Meanwhile, Garcia said the event is a natural way to mix breast cancer awareness with amusement. “We came up with kickball,” she said, “because it’s fun.”

Similarly, Shelley said, “Kick Cancer tied in perfectly with that [awareness month], and it’s easy to setup.”

Moreover, Garcia said Kick Cancer Kickball is part of a larger campus initiative.

“There will be other Breast Cancer awareness events on campus, throughout the month of October,” Garcia said, “hosted by other departments or groups.”

Shelley said she wants the public to come donate and have fun “for a cause.”

“My message to them – the students, employees, and faculty – just come out, enjoy it,” Shelley said. “You don’t have to play kickball. Just come out and donate. Come pick up a freebie and support a great cause.”

Kick Cancer Kickball takes place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the North courtyard outside the Student Center on Central campus.