Travis Trim lighting luminaria candle during Relay for Life.

Oct. 2, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.--In its fourth year participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletic Department surpassed its team goal of $1,500. When all donations were credited, UMES contributed $2,022.54 towards finding a cure for cancer.

Relay for Life Wicomico County raised a total of $219,949.50 for the Eastern Shore. Each of the Hawks' 15 NCAA Division I programs made time to attend the event, walk and cheer on survivors and caregivers during the night.

Four members of the Hawks' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the representative body for the student-athletes, two administrators and a SAAC representative stayed the night at Perdue Stadium.

On an exceptionally comfortable night in Salisbury, those that stayed overnight enjoyed being able to talk about how classes and the semester were going, sing songs played by the on-site DJ and even share some laughs with the administrators.

The intent of the night was to show those fighting that there were many who were fighting cancer with them. It was also a night to remember those that have lost their battles with this disease that affects so many.

Each athletic team pledged $100 towards the UMES goal, with many of those teams surpassing the pledge in an effort to show the student-athletes desire to contribute to finding a cure.

Relay for Life holds a Miss Relay event aimed at receiving on-site donations, and many of the teams have a male participate in the event.

The UMES Hawks entered its best Miss Relay contestant, the athletically fit Miss Latte. Played by J.P. Black, a member of the UMES Baseball team, his reason for wanting to be Miss Relay was to encourage those that are fighting to keep on fighting.

The Hawks will begin a Relay for Life donation campaign later in the fall semester to be able to contribute more to the team's goal in 2014.