In athletics, we deal with numbers and statistics on a daily basis. We record assists, shots on goal, rebounds, points and times. However, in the coming month VCU Athletics and VCU Massey Cancer Center would like the Rams and their fans to focus on numbers of a different kind.

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be approximately 1,567,670 new cancer diagnoses this year. We want to raise awareness not only about this number, but also  about the fight those diagnosed will have to face; a fight made easier by breakthroughs in therapies and devices developed by National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers such as VCU Massey.
Thanks to these advances, it is estimated that there are 11.7 million cancer survivors  alive today, and that number is growing. In the last 30 years, the cancer survival rate has gone up almost 20 percent from 50 to 68.
With statistics such as these, it’s easy to see just how many people have been affected by cancer. Whether you are fighting cancer yourself, know someone who is or simply want to raise awareness, VCU Athletics has  parterned with VCU Massey to help raise cancer awareness at VCU Rams home games.
Fans are encouraged to participate in four “Blue Outs” and “Pink Outs” at various field hockey and men’s and women’s soccer games that will take place over the next few weeks.

Here are event details:

The first Massey Blue Out will take place at VCU Field Hockey on 9/23 vs. Towson at 7 pm at Cary Street Field.  All fans in attendance are encouraged to wear BLUE to help raise prostate cancer awareness.  The VCU Field Hockey team will be donning blue during pre-match warm-ups.

The first 100 fans in the gates will receive the FREE warm-up Massey Cancer Blue Out t-shirt.  Several other "Blue" elements will be incorporated into the match as well as contests and trivia throughout the evening to "Raise Awareness.  Raise Hope". The same protocol will be repeated for VCU Women’s Soccer on 9/29 vs. George Mason at Sports Backers Stadium.

Following the Blue Outs, there will be a Massey Pink Out at VCU Men's Soccer on 10/1 vs. George Mason at 7 pm at Sports Backers Stadium.  All fans in attendance are encouraged to wear PINK to help raise breast cancer awareness.  The VCU Men's Soccer team will be sporting pink t-shirts during pre-match warm-ups to "Raise Awareness.  Raise Hope".  The first 100 fans in the gates will receive a FREE pink t-shirt replica of the men's soccer warm-up.  Several other "pink" elements will be incorporated into the game. The next Pink Out will be at VCU Volleyball on 10/21 vs. James Madison at 7 pm at the Siegel Center.

Fans are encouraged to wear their own blue and pink to all the events, as free shirts are limited with only 100 per event.

More information will be coming soon with a registration page that will offer the first 50 patients, caregivers, survivors or friends and family of those affected by cancer a free game ticket and a Pink Our of Blue Out t-shirt.  Tickets and t-shirts must be picked up in advance at the Siegel Center Ticket Office on the west side ofthe Verizon Wireless Arena by 4:30 pm the day before the game.  T-shirts and tickets will NOT be distributed at the game.  

Come out and support your Rams and Raise Awareness, Raise Hope!