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VC women’s soccer team raises $5,000 in ‘Score for the Cure’ drive

Ventura, California, 02/16/2011

Inspired after four of their teammates and their head coach were touched by breast cancer in recent years, members of the Ventura College women’s soccer team launched a “Score for the Cure” campaign last fall that raised nearly $5,000 for the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation.

During October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the Pirate women accepted donations for every goal they scored during games and also enlisted the support of the Ventura, Buena, Camarillo and Pacifica high school girls’ teams to do the same. Together, VC and the participating high school teams raised $4,384 to help local breast cancer patients.

For VC Coach Steve Hoffman, the campaign is personal: his sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Four team members from VC’s 2009 women’s soccer team also had family members affected by the disease. They included Jaz Strozier, whose grandmother had a unique, lifesaving experience during a soccer match when she was hit in the chest by an errant soccer ball. As a precaution, the examining physician suggested she have a mammogram, and she was found to have breast cancer.

The team members started a campaign for cancer during the 2009 season. They struggled to make it happen but eventually had one game where they raised funds using the slogan, “The Shirts Off Our Backs.”

Encouraged by last year’s successful “Score for the Cure” campaign, the Pirate women are looking ahead to next season.

“I hope to make the ‘Score for the Cure’ even bigger in 2011, by having the Ventura College football program hold one of its 2011 games to assist with the ‘Score for the Cure’ drive,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman again plans to work with the Buena, Ventura, Camarillo and Pacifica high schools, while also hoping to include teams competing in Ventura’s American Youth Soccer Organization Region 39 in next year’s campaign. The plan is to have players from the participating programs wear pink jerseys during October games, then auction them off after the final game of the month. The girls also will seek pledges for each goal the VC women’s team scores in October.

Hoffman said he also hopes to hold month-long silent auctions to raise additional funds.

“The Ventura College women’s soccer program and I are committed to the ‘Score for the Cure’ campaign, in hopes of making a difference in someone’s life,” Hoffman said.

Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.