UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor women's tennis team is set to host its first match of the season against conference rival Marian University on September 5, but the two teams will be representing more than their respective universities.
The Crossroads League match will be a Smash Cancer event, where both Taylor and Marian will stand united against cancer. All players and coaches will wear shirts in colors which represent different forms of cancer and many will carry signs remembering loved ones who have battled the disease.
The original Smash Cancer event was created by Taylor head coach Jini Morgan and Tim Cleland. At the time Morgan and Cleland were high school coaches and their teams were rivals, yet they laid aside the rivalry to stand against cancer.
Over the past five years high schools all across Indiana have joined in raising money for the fight against cancer. This year Marian University team member and former player for Coach Morgan's Yorktown high school team, Paige Swan, is bringing Smash Cancer to the university level.
Saturday's match kicks off at 10 a.m. (ET), and the Smash Cancer ceremony will start just prior to the match. T-shirts can be purchased for $10 to support the Smash Cancer effort and donations will be accepted.