Yale Crew Teams Pull for a Cure

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale heavyweight, lightweight and women's crew teams together have raised more than $15,000 for the American Cancer Society as part of a fundraiser called 'Pull for a Cure.'  The fundraising effort ran the length of October, which is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and culminated with crews racing at the 46th Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 23 and 24.

Champion System outfitted the heavyweights with special Pull for a Cure gear at the Head of the Charles.  The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company deals primarily in cycling apparel but has recently started branching out into rowing and other types athletic wear.  Champion System furnished 12 unisuits for the championship boats, 12 tech shirts for the club boats and four jackets for coxswains.

Pull for a Cure is a joint effort by crew teams from Yale, Brown, Princeton, Holy Cross and Penn State to promote breast cancer awareness and to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  More than 600 donations have been received, totaling $75,000 in funds going towards breast cancer research.

The Pull for a Cure fundraiser follows closely on the success of another philanthropic effort by the heavyweights.  Last spring, the heavyweight crew team sold customized calendars and raised more than $1,700 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity