COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State soccer team has been raising funds throughout the academic calendar and this weekend its work and philanthropy will be realized as the team participates Saturday, April 18, in the KICKS Against Breast Cancer tournament at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.

The KICKS Against Breast Cancer tournament is a fundraising event for research into the causes of the disease, for funding education and for its treatment. Proceeds will be used to assist with the operating expenses for Howard County General Hospital’s Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center and to provide wellness services for all cancer patients. This year’s fundraiser will feature soccer competitions in Germantown, Md., Washington, D.C., Chicago and in Palo Alto, Calif., at Stanford University.

Ohio State, which raised $13,000 for this event in 2004, of which $5,000 was donated to The James Cancer Hospital for local pre-screening for women, has been selling pink “awareness” t-shirts and conducting other fundraising activities to support the Claudia Mayer Foundation.

The team will present a check for $6,500 prior to playing Virginia at 11 a.m. on Field 4 of the SoccerPlex with a game against Maryland scheduled for 3 p.m., also on Field 4. The exhibition games consist of two, 30-minute halves.

Back in October, during national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members of the team wore pink jersey tops during warm-ups prior to their home games vs. Northwestern, Iowa and Minnesota.

The game against Northwestern also featured a stadium entrance give-away of 750 pink bracelets plus a give-away of 500 pink balloons. The balloons were released at once prior to the start of the game.