UWSP women’s basketball team shows support for cancer survivors

(Stevens Point, WI) – University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s basketball coach Shirley Egner and Project Embrace™ founder Linda Cook know all about the power of a team.  Be it winning basketball games or fighting cancer, strong teams make all the difference, which is why for the last eight years they have teamed up for cancer awareness.

On February 19, 7 pm at the Berg Gym, they will team up again when the UWSP Women’s basketball team takes on UW-Oshkosh at the annual Play4Kay game in support of the Project Embrace Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation. 

This year, Cook, Coach Egner and the UWSP Women’s basketball team will show their support for local cancer patients, survivors, families, and anyone touched by cancer by inviting them for Portage County’s largest group hug. 

“This event is really about three things; honoring survivors and their families for the journey they’ve been on; keeping the funds local, and winning a basketball game,” stated Coach Shirley Egner. “Like a hug, Project Embrace offers a feeling of comfort; we want to share that feeling with local cancer survivors and their families.”

Linda Cook, a breast cancer survivor, began Project Embrace™ after she received three special blankets as gifts when she was first diagnosed. 

“Project Embrace™ is about letting others know they are not alone in their fight against cancer,” shared Linda. “This group hug will literally be an opportunity to embrace the support system each of us has in our local community, and literally, all around us.”

Project Embrace supports cancer patients served at the Stevens Point Cancer Center by offering each patient a warm, fleece blanket as a means of comfort during their cancer treatment. Last year, Saint Michael’s Foundation was awarded $4, 100 from the UWSP Women’s basketball team.

Cancer survivors, patients, awareness advocates, and their families, are invited to join the UWSP Women’s basketball team immediately following the game for a group hug at center court. 

Children 12-and under enter FREE when they are accompanied by a paying adult. For more information on Project Embrace, contact Saint Michael’s Foundation at 715.343.3259. 

Side bar:
The largest group hug consisted of 10,554 people in an event organized by Bear Hug III (Canada) at the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 7 May 2010. – Guinness World Records.

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