Purple Community Blog

25 Jan 2019

Jenison and GVSU Fight Cancer with Hockey

Sporting events are a time when we come together as a community to cheer for our favorite team. What if that team was also fundraising for something very personal to all of us? That is what Hockey Fights Cancer is all about.

Throughout the year, hockey teams raise funds that benefit cancer research at Van Andel Institute. These incredible and passionate teams have made an incredible impact, especially because 100 percent of the money raised goes straight to the cause. With hockey season now in full swing, there are many chances to watch Hockey Fights Cancer in action.


On Saturday, Jan. 26, GVSU D3 Hockey will host Hope College for their 2019 senior night. It’s also their annual Hockey Fights Cancer game, now in its fourth year. The Lakers are hoping to break their fundraising record, while honoring friends and family battling cancer.

Junior Ben Kowalske has been a driving force in the success of GVSU Hockey Fights Cancer. “We love to host this game, not only to show our support for those affected, but also to show that the reason we play is way beyond just the game of hockey,” Kowalske said. “The team is looking forward to bringing in all kinds of people from all different backgrounds, from hockey fans to people who don’t even know anything about the sport, to spend an evening fundraising and fighting for a common cause.”

The Lakers raised a record breaking $7,033 in 2018, and are hoping to build on that success again this year. Head over to Griff’s Georgetown on Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. for Hockey Fights Cancer and bring your purple spirit!


Stick around after GVSU D3 Hockey as Jenison High School hosts their second annual Hockey Fights Cancer game and takes on Hudsonville High School.

Continuing the success they had in their inaugural year, Jenison is selling raffle tickets and will be sporting purple jerseys to honor those battling cancer. They are thrilled to participate in such a worthwhile event and give back to the community they care for so much.

“We do it because it is about spreading awareness for those who are fighting cancer, celebrating those who have beat cancer and honoring those who have passed from cancer,” said sophomore Trenton Cleveland. Students know their efforts are making a difference by supporting research that could lead to new and better treatments.

The puck drop for Jenison High School Hockey Fights Cancer is at 7:30 p.m. at Griff’s Georgetown.

Make sure to head out to Georgetown this Saturday afternoon to catch an evening full of hope and hockey during these great Hockey Fights Cancer games!