The Owens Express women’s basketball team volunteered their time as course marshals at the 10th Annual Northwest Ohio Komen Race for the Cure this past Sunday in downtown Toledo. As participants began their walk or run, the Express guided the masses with directional signs to the course of their choice.
“I am proud of our effort,” said head coach Michael Llanas. “The girls were encouraging and enthusiastic as they were clapping, dancing and shaking hands of participants as they ran and walked by. We all had a lot of fun for a great cause.”
|The Express women’s basketball team directed participants to the
correct course routes at the 10th Annual Northwest Ohio Race for
the Cure. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Lewis/Owens Sports
Approximately 17,000 people gathered for this year’s event. The Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure has grown in size and support, raising more than $1 million annually. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Komen Northwest Affiliate stay in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The funds are distributed through grants to organizations that deliver treatment, services and education throughout the affiliate’s service area.
The remaining funds go to the National Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program for energizing science to find a cure. Affiliate support is never used to support operations expenses at the national level.
The Express women’s basketball team finished last season 25-6 – their third consecutive year with at least 25 wins. The team opens their scrimmage schedule Oct. 13 by hosting the JUCO Mega Scrimmage. The regular season kicks off Nov. 7 at home against Henry Ford Community College.