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Arlington High School Field Hockey Team Raises $2,000 for Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation

By Stephen Haynes, Poughkeepsie Journal | Oct. 18, 2019, 11:01 a.m. (ET)

Arlington field hockey raised more than $2,000 for Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation

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It has become an annual autumn project for the Arlington High School field hockey team, additional hours and effort dedicated to a cause.

In addition to the games and practices - and homework, of course - members of the team carve out time to host car washes, sell merchandise and encourage donations for more than a month with the goal of raising money for breast cancer research and services.

The objective was met and the mission again a success as the Admirals brought in more than $2,000 in their 12th annual Miles of Hope fundraiser. That money will be donated to the charity, which provides support services and aid to people battling the disease in the Hudson Valley.

Breast cancer affects on average one in eight women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

"Experiences like this really help the girls to see that what seems like a small gesture of kindness can make a really big difference," said coach Katie Nixon, whose team held car washes near the school and sold "Stick it to Cancer" t-shirts.

Arlington also held its Miles of Hope game last week, an event during which additional donations are collected and money is raised through the sale of pastries and raffles. The Admirals hosted Mahopac High School and the teams played to a 1-1 tie. Emily Strutt scored and Amanda Cimillo made 19 saves for Arlington. Mahopac's Krista Dietz had a goal.

"It's such a great night and we are always so honored to be joined by the Miles of Hope board members," Nixon said.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign organized by major cancer charities to help raise awareness and funding for research into the disease and care for those afflicted. Many schools teams hold benefits during the month, including several local teams that host "Pink Out" events. The John Jay-East Fishkill volleyball team also held its annual "Teal Out" evening in September that raised money for ovarian cancer research.

The Admirals earlier this month also participated for a second straight year in John Jay's Friends of Jaclyn game, an annual fundraiser for the Hopewell Junction-based charity that pairs athletic teams with children fighting cancer and brain tumors.