By Kara Blomquist
Students will kick it to cancer in the Ninth Annual Fiota Cup.
The all women’s soccer tournament will take place from 3:30 p.m. to sunset today and from 2:30 p.m. to sunset Sunday at Edge Field.
The event will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Phi Iota Alpha is hosting the tournament.
Teams have already been created, but students are encouraged to attend the event, said Queens, N.Y., sophomore Jay Joseph, provost and rush chair for Phi Iota Alpha. There is no cost to watch the soccer games. Each participant gets a T-shirt. There will be food for the players at the event.
Competitors paid $10 or $12 to compete, for early and late registration respectively. Part of the money went toward tournament costs, such as the T-shirts and food. All excess funds will go to the Komen foundation.
Joseph said he wants the event to make the Baylor community think about the impact of cancer on people’s lives.
“I hope it will raise awareness that this is a serious issue,” he said.
Paris freshman Peyton Chapman, who will compete in the tournament, said the event seemed like the perfect fit for her interests.
“I’ve always done Susan G. Komen walks for breast cancer with my church back home,” she said. “I’ve played soccer since I was 4 years old.”
Chapman signed up as an individual, but organizations also created teams.
Student groups competing include Alpha Delta Pi, Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Iota Alpha.
The winning team will have its name engraved on the Fiota Cup trophy. The team will keep the trophy for one year and get a free dinner from Chipotle. The team will return the trophy before the next Fiota Cup so that the trophy can be awarded to the new winners. The second place team will receive a gift card to Rosa’s Café. The third place team will get a free pizza dinner from Poppa Rollo’s Pizza.
Joseph said he hopes the event will raise awareness of Phi Iota Alpha.
“We’re trying to promote some better positive messages,” he said. “Hopefully the impact it will have is more informational as well as, of course, come out and have fun.”