PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University field hockey team celebrated its three-year anniversary with Arielle Beaulieu, who was "adopted" by the team through the Friends of Jaclyn during a pregame ceremony prior to its September 22 conference match against Western Connecticut State University.
The team unveiled a banner commemorating its relationship with Arielle and its commitment to raising awareness for childhood cancer research during the on-field ceremony. Designed by PSU junior Kaihley Rafferty, the banner will be with the team both at home and on the road for the duration of the season.
"It means a great deal to celebrate Arielle today," said head coach Bonnie Lord following the contest. "We understand what children are going through and that there needs to be more focus and money put toward pediatric cancer research. For us to come out and remind people of what we've done today is what's really important."
The Panthers relationship with the brain cancer survivor began in in 2015, when Arielle was just two and a half years old, and was facilitated by Plymouth State field hockey alumna Susan Silsby. As part of this ongoing relationship, the Panthers have worked directly with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and have connected with coaches and athletes from across the United States and as far away as the Netherlands.
ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF JACLYN
The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers, and to raise awareness through their Adopt-A-Child, Safe on the Sidelines and Guardian Angel Programs. We do this by pairing the afflicted child and their siblings with local high school and college sports teams, campus clubs, and arts programs in their community.