UPMC HEALTH PLAN STEPS UP TO ASSIST IN THE 7th CUREAGE CUP
This will mark the seventh year the much-anticipated Prep/McDowell football game will have the added bonus of raising funds for cancer research in the form of the ‘Cureage Cup’. The game will take place this year on Friday, September 12th at Veterans Stadium. UPMC Health Plan is the official sponsor of the ‘Cureage Cup’ and will take part in many of the pregame and in-game events leading up to kickoff.
Since this fundraiser started in 2008, Cathedral Prep, McDowell and the Erie community have combined to raise more than $55,000 that has been presented to local organizations to fight cancer. This year the game receives additional support from UPMC Health Plan, with proceeds going to the Regional Cancer Center
"UPMC Health Plan is honored to sponsor the Cureage Cup,” said Boo Hagerty, Vice President Northern Market for UMPC Health Plan. “This unique rivalry between Prep and McDowell is the perfect back drop for the community to come together to support a common rival: cancer. With all the money raised staying local at the Regional Cancer Center, this hard fought battle on the field will help hundreds of people who are in a battle of their own. Our local team at the Health Plans’ Erie office look forward to working with Prep, McDowell and the RCC to make this game and evening very memorable for all.”
Representatives from both schools are looking forward to the event. “We are really excited and thankful to have a great local company such as UPMC Health Plan be part of this continuing tradition,” said Prep Director of Athletics Bill Flanagan. “UPMC Health Plan is committed to local causes and this is a great example of that.”
"We've all been touched in some way by this devastating disease, cancer, and anything we can do to contribute to the work of fighting this disease is a positive thing,” said McDowell Athletic Director Mark Becker. “We can take the opportunity to teach our student-athletes and communities the importance of reaching out to others and hopefully teach a lesson in compassion and community involvement."
Tickets for the game go on sale at McDowell, Prep and Villa Maria tomorrow and are priced at $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students. One extra dollar from the sale of those tickets goes towards cancer research to the Regional Cancer Center. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to save on standing in the expected long lines as a huge crowd is expected for a pair of teams that have already garnered state ranking notice.
Another key aspect of the game is the ‘Survivors Tunnel’. All cancer survivors and members of their family that attend the game are encouraged to line up on the south entrance of the field at 6:45pm to form a human chain and be acknowledged on the field prior to kickoff as the players run through them.