U Sports women’s basketball: Shoot for the Cure back for 10th year after surpassing $1M benchmark

U Sports women’s basketball: Shoot for the Cure back for 10th year after surpassing $1M benchmark

TORONTO (U Sports) – The U Sports Women's Basketball Coaches Association proudly announced Monday its fundraising initiative to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - and other related charities - is up and running for a 10th straight year.

The Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007 with over $1 million in donations. This season, for the sixth year in a row, all 47 U Sports women's basketball schools are set to participate in the program. 

At the 2016 U Sports championship last March in Fredericton, N.B. the WBCA presented a cheque for $98,775.90 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. An additional $25,836.86 was amassed by universities that elected to donate their fundraised money to local or provincial organizations, bringing the overall Shoot for the Cure total for the 2015-16 season to $124,612.76, and the nine-year total to $1,011,283.64

"Passing the $1 million mark last season in total money raised from the Shoot For The Cure initiatives was very exciting but this is a new year and we still have a terrible disease out there that affects far too many people every day," said Jeff Speedy, Shoot for the Cure project manager and head coach at the University of New Brunswick.

"My goal is not another one million, yet, but for us continue to have 100 per cent participation in the Shoot For The Cure initiative by all U Sports women's basketball teams like we have for the past few years. I really want to see our women's basketball programs continue to work hard to raise awareness and funds."

Once again this year, U Sports schools will raise money through regular season games, tournaments and other special events. The first Shoot for the Cure games of 2016-17 are scheduled for Nov. 25 at Victoria – host of the 2017 U Sports Women's Basketball Championship – Mount Royal and Thompson Rivers 

The 2017 U Sports Championship is set for March 9 to 12. 

The fundraising initiative was the brainchild of Rod Gilpin, the long-time bench boss of Bishop's women's program now in his ninth season as head coach of the Gaiters' men.




2015-2016: $124,612.76 ($98,775.90 to CBCF)

2014-2015: $125,361.76 ($102,312.05 to CBCF)

2013-2014: $138,360.58 ($112,898.03 to CBCF)

2012-2013: $110,553.96 ($90,450.62 to CBCF)

2011-2012: $121,248.70 ($98,706.92 to CBCF)

2010-2011: $143,596.25 ($104,763.53 to CBCF)

2009-2010: $104,715.80 ($94,650.96 to CBCF)

2008-2009: $92,512.96 ($81,512.96 to CBCF)

2007-2008: $50,320.87 ($50,320.87 to CBFC)

TOTAL: $1,011,283.64 ($834,391.84 to CBCF)




Date – Time (all times local) - Host - Event            



25        18:00               Victoria                        Regular season vs. UBC

25        18:00               Mount Royal                Regular season vs. MacEwan

25        18:00               Thompson Rivers        Regular season vs. UBC Okanagan

26        13:00               Waterloo                     Regular season vs. Western

26        17:00               UBC                             Regular season vs. Victoria

26        18:00               UPEI                           Regular season vs. Memorial

26        16:00               Manitoba                     Regular season vs. Alberta



1          18:00               Alberta                         Regular season vs. MacEwan

3          17:00               UNBC                          Regular season vs. Thompson Rivers



7          18:15               Saskatchewan               Regular season vs. UBC

10        18:00               Dalhousie                     Regular season vs. Acadia

13        18:00               Carleton                       Regular season vs. Nipissing

13        18:00               Ottawa                         Regular season vs. Laurentian

14        18:00               Lakehead                     Regular season vs. Brock

14        17:00               Lethbridge                    Regular season vs. Saskatchewan

14        17:00               UBC Okanagan              Regular season vs. Victoria

14        17:00               Brandon                       Regular season vs. MacEwan

14        18:00               Queen's                        Regular season vs. Toronto

19        18:00               Concordia                    Regular season vs. McGill

20/21   18:00/17:00     Calgary                        Regular season vs. Saskatchewan

20        13:00               Laurentian                   Regular season vs. Nipissing

21        18:00               Laurier                         Regular season vs. Toronto

21        18:00               McGill                          Regular season vs Concordia

21        18:00               Brock                           Regular season vs. York

27-29   12:00               Toronto                        Events all weekend / Regular season vs. McMaster (28th)

28        18:00               Regina                          Regular season vs. Calgary

28        18:00               Windsor                       Regular season vs.  Ottawa

28        17:00               UQAM                         Regular season vs. Laval



1          18:00               Ryerson                       Regular season vs. York

3          18:00               Saint Mary's                Regular season vs. StFX

3          18:00               Winnipeg                     Regular season vs. Regina

3          18:00               MacEwan                     Regular season vs. UBC Okanagan

4          18:00               Algoma                                    Regular season vs. Western

10        18:00               Nipissing                      Regular season vs. Laurentian

10        18:00               York                            Regular season vs. Ottawa

10        17:00               Trinity Western                       Regular season vs. UBC

10-11   18:00/20:00     UNB                            Regular season vs. StFX (women & men)

11        20:00               Bishop's                       Regular season vs. Laval

11        18:00               Guelph                         Regular season vs. Lakehead

11        18:00               Memorial                     Regular season vs. UPEI

17        18:00               Laval                           Regular season vs. UQAM

17        18:00               Acadia                          Regular season vs. StFX


More games will be added at a later date.


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