Lancers lace up to fight cancer

Published 12:35 pm Thursday, April 6, 2017

Four Longwood University athletic programs joined in the fight against pediatric cancer during the 2016-17 school year, capped off by Lancer baseball’s joint showing of support with the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington on Tuesday night.

The Longwood baseball, softball, men’s tennis and men’s soccer teams took to the field and court sporting gold laces to show their support of the “Go4theGoal” campaign, which takes up the fight against pediatric cancer.

Since 2011, youth, collegiate and professional teams across the nation have participated in the “Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer” movement through Go4theGoal, wearing the foundation’s signature gold laces.

Longwood’s men’s soccer team kicked off the Lancer Go4theGoal effort in the fall during a match against Appalachian State University, which the Lancers won 2-0. Men’s tennis returned the favor, wearing their gold laces in a 7-0 win against Hampden-Sydney College on March 30. Over the weekend the softball team laced up their cleats in gold for Saturday’s doubleheader against Winthrop University. The baseball team closed out the campaign in collaboration with VMI on Tuesday.

The baseball, softball and men’s tennis programs at Longwood each participated in the initiative in spring 2016, while men’s soccer joins the campaign this academic year.

Go4theGoal is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2006 to battle against cancer that has stricken the lives of children across the country. The organization strives to improve the lives of children battling cancer through financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs around fighting pediatric cancer and funding innovative research. To learn more about Go4theGoal, visit its website at Go4theGoal.org.