RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Felician University women's basketball team will take part in a pair of initiatives centered around local children on Saturday, raising awareness of pediatric cancer and fostering relationships with its southern Bergen County neighbors as it hosts the University of the Sciences at Job Gymnasium. Tip-off time is 1 p.m.
For the first time, the Golden Falcons will take part in Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer, an organization that began in 2011 with New Jersey-based youth soccer programs. The initiative has since expanded to more sports, levels and areas, with $4 from every pair of gold $5 shoelaces plus 100% of other donations remaining in the state where they were given to assist children with cancer and their families.
On Saturday, Felician women's basketball team members will don the gold laces symbolic of the Lace Up cause. The team will set up an information table in the gymnasium lobby, and will hold raffles and solicit donations, with all funds benefiting Lace Up.
Anyone who cannot attend on Saturday, but would like to donate to Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer on behalf of Felician Women's Basketball can do so online at https://donate.go4thegoal.org/team/151234.
Members of the southern Bergen County community are also invited to celebrate Take A Kid To The Game. Any student with a Rutherford address and their guests will be admitted for free, and a girls' youth basketball team from Lyndhurst will play a halftime exhibition.
Take A Kid to the Game is an offshoot of a former NCAA program of the same name. It began 22 years ago as a national grassroots effort to encourage adults to take children to NCAA sporting events. The program was discontinued nationally for basketball in 2011-12, but the Golden Falcon women are reviving it on Saturday at the institutional level.
"As our own students return to campus for the spring semester, Saturday is a perfect time to give back to the community around us," said head Felician women's coach Steve Fagan. "We are pleased to help spread awareness of the devastating problem of pediatric cancers and to invite local youth to enjoy the college atmosphere."
A men's basketball game between Felician and USciences will follow the women's contest and begin at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free for members of the Felician community with proper identification. Tickets are otherwise $5 for adults and $2 for students, children and senior citizens. One ticket is good for both games.
Felician plays its home basketball games at Joal & Joe Job Gymnasium on its Rutherford campus. Directions and parking information are available at http://felicianathletics.com/information/directions.