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Yale Football Hopes to Make ‘Crucial Catch’

Will McHale,Tony Reno,John Powers. (photo by Jack Warhola)
Will McHale,Tony Reno,John Powers. (photo by Jack Warhola)

Oct. 13 game a cancer fund-raiser


NEW HAVEN – The Yale University football program has teamed up with the American Cancer Society and the National Football League's "A Crucial Catch" campaign, which reminds women – especially those age 40 and older - about the importance of getting mammograms and clinical breast exams every year to find breast cancer in its early, more treatable stages.

When the Bulldogs host Lafayette at noon, Oct. 13 at the Yale Bowl, the team will sell "Balloons of Hope" and cards in honor of and in memory of those who have battled and continue to battle cancer. In addition, donation buckets will be placed throughout the stadium.

Donations will be used to support the life-saving mission of the American Cancer Society and the collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the NFL, which supports the Society's Community Health Advocates National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program. This program utilizes partnerships between the Society and health care systems in areas of greatest need to provide outreach and breast cancer screenings to women who need them.

 "Yale Football is excited to lend our support to the American Cancer Society in their tireless battle to beat cancer," Yale coach Tony Reno said. "We will show our support during the Yale-Lafayette game and encourage all of our fans and the extended Yale Football Family to generously do the same."  Yale is the first college team in New England to host an NFL 'A Crucial Catch' game for the American Cancer Society.


The football team will be wearing pink gloves and arm bands to commemorate the event.  Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game in support of 'A Crucial Catch' and Breast Cancer Awareness.


For more information on the game or to donate, contact Kelly Stewart, American Cancer Society Youth Initiatives Coordinator at 203.563.1503 or e-mail or Kristen Sackett, Yale Athletics Marketing, at 203-436-1256 or e-mail


About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit