Powder puff game to support breast cancer
Shelly Laudenslager expects an intense battle when four women's powder puff football teams take to the field in Hokendauqua.
More importantly, though, women will be playing for a fight toward a worthy national cause during the month.
Teams from Catasauqua, Emmaus, Hokendauqua, and Northampton will participate in the third annual Football for the Cure Powder Puff games at the Bob Warke Fields in Hokendauqua this Sunday.
Northampton will meet Hokendauqua in the opening game at noon followed by Catasauqua and Emmaus at 1:30. The championship game between the two winning teams will be at 3:30.
Flag football will be the format and as many as 25 women are on each team's roster.
The event coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month that is nationally recognized across the country in October. In October 2011, women from both Catasauqua and Hokendauqua organized a game to help support the cause.
Last year, the event became a fundraiser in support of Susan G. Komen foundation and Passionately Pink for the Cure. Women from Catasauqua raised over $1,000 for the cause.
"We have worked hard to develop this over the past few years," said Laudenslager, who serves as one of the event's organizers. "We had success and good feedback, so we decided to expand it this season to four teams."
This year, Laudenslager stated how the sponsorships have increased, notably arranged for back of the player's t-shirts. In addition, various vendors will be located on the grounds and a Chinese auction will also take place.
There will also be a bake sale, 50/50 raffle, and food stands. The Catasauqua Youth Athletic Association is the sponsor for the Pink Balloon Release in support for the Catty team. Balloons can be purchased for $1.00 - they can be written on in memory or support and will be released prior to the championship game being played.
It promises to be a memorable afternoon.
"The ladies are always very competitive and the game can be very passionate," said Laudenslager. "But it's a lot of fun for everyone involved and we'll be together for a good cause."