Cats Volunteer in Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run

Oct. 16, 2010

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s golf team woke up early Saturday morning and volunteered their time and efforts at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Lexington. The walk/run is for breast cancer awareness.

Assistant coach Rebecca Kuhn's mother, Rhonda, is a breast cancer survivor, and the team was excited to be able to help out.

“Today was a very special experience for me since this hits so close to home,” Kuhn said. ”My mom is a survivor of 20 years and I haven't lived in a city with a race before. There was such a large turnout and I am thrilled the girls were so eager to participate. I look forward to having the team be part of the race in years to come.”
 
The Kentucky women's golf team volunteered at the Susan G. Komen walk/run Saturday morning.“It means a lot to us just because we’re affected as a team with it,” head coach Golda Johansson Borst said. “I think it meant a lot to the girls to help out. I have to say Rebecca kind of took charge of it because she’s always wanted to help out at a race and she’s never been in a city that’s had one so she kind of took charge of it and took care of it.”

With the Cats having a week off from the course, Borst said it worked out perfectly for them to be able to volunteer. The team woke up early and met at 7 a.m. to help out.

The team helped at the beginning and end of the race getting people situated with names and race number identification. At the end of the race, the team also helped get the racers into line so they could turn in their names.

 “We saw signs around the town and Rebecca made some phone calls and sent out some e-mails and asked if we could volunteer,” Borst said. “We were really interested in volunteering (in part) because Rebecca’s mom is a survivor so we had some ties there that we felt strongly enough that we wanted to volunteer.”

“It was a great opportunity for us to give back to the community as we all have family members who have been affected by breast cancer. It meant a lot to us to be able to support the men and women who participated in the race,” Borst said. “My hope is that we can continue to help every year and make this a tradition for our team."

The Cats will hit the links again for the final time this fall season in the Southeastern Conference/Pac-10 Challenge held in Palo Alto, Calif., from Nov. 5-7.

Stay tuned to UKathletics.com for more news on the Kentucky women’s golf team.