Utica Women’s Rugby Team Hosting Annual Tournament to Fight Cancer
Uticuse Hellbenders Women’s Rugby Club is hosting “Ruck Cancer”, a tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society this Saturday (11/3) in Deerfield. Before you think that’s a questionable term, ruck is actually a rugby term. Team president, Amanda Benoit has more about the event and women’s rugby, plus shares some team photos.
It’s probably sexist of me, but when Amanda Benoit, president of the team, first got in touch with us, my first thought was women?? rugby?? Utica?? Amanda says she wasn’t familiar with rugby either, until she went to college in 1993. And that it’s a lot more than just hitting people, it has it’s own culture.
This Saturday’s (11/3) “Ruck Cancer” Tournament is their 2nd benefit and will feature 11 teams participating in 21 games throughout the day. Proceeds from the this year’s event benefits the American Cancer Society and is played in the honor of a teammate’s mother.
Amanda invites everyone out this weekend to have a hot dog and check out one of the fastest growing sports while helping a good cause. The “rucking” starts at 10 a.m. on three fields at the Deerfield Town Park. Games go until 4 or 5 o’clock. To find out more about the tournament, click here. And learn more about the Hellbenders here.