When Seton Keough visits Archbishop Spalding Friday evening, it will be more than another field hockey game on the IAAM schedule.
The Play 4 The Cure game between the schools will raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Seton Keough is selling a place of honor on the back of their jersey while the Cavalier girls are selling sponorships to have the names of those who have the disease or a cancer survivor honored with pink ballons around the Severn school field.
“We’re coming together to celebrate the game, celebrate why we’re playing the game, not as enemies,” said Seton Keough coach Tom Jester.
Both teams will wear pink jerseys and wristbands, and play with a pink ball.
Janet DiStasio, library media specialist at Spalding and Christina Mohs, an instructor at Anne Arundel Community College whose first teaching job was at Seton Keough, will be honorary game captains.
Jester said the goal of raising $2,000 is close at hand. All gate receipts (admission is $5) will be donated to the Komen Foundation.
The game has special meaning to the Brady family. Spalding coach Leslee Brady, whose daughter, Kat Nepp, is her assistant, will have other daughter, Maureen Doran, assisting Jester on the Seton Keough sidelines.
The Gators of the IAAM B are off to an 8-1 start while A Conference Cavaliers are 6-2-1. Spalding won last season’s matchup, 1-0.
No matter the final outcome, everyone involved is a winner as they do their part in the fight against cancer.
“We’re hoping this thing grows,” said Jester.