On October 12, 2010 the Hope College men’s soccer team sponsored a Community for a Cure Purple Game against Olivet to raise awareness and funding for cancer research at Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids.
The event, “Kicking Cancer, One Goal at a Time!” raised more than $9,000 for innovative cancer research at Van Andel Institute, where researchers are looking for breakthroughs in the battle against cancer and other diseases.
The funds will also help support a Hope College student internship at the Institute, where a student will gain valuable, hands-on experience in a VAI laboratory.
A ceremonial check presentation occurred at the Hope versus Olivet men's basketball game on Wednesday, February 9. The check for $9,152.30 was presented to Hope College alumni David and Carol Van Andel. David is Chairman and CEO of Van Andel Institute. Carol is Executive Director of the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation, and is a member of the Van Andel Education Institute Council.
They were joined by Hope's MIAA champion soccer team. head coach Steve Smith, assistant coach Lee Schopp, and co-director of athletics Tim Schoonveld.