, Newburyport, MA


October 19, 2013

Newburyport field hockey team dances to cure breast cancer


“It’s fun,” Vartabedian said. “We used pink gloves as kind of the emphasis. So there were a lot of jazz hands. We (also) tried to highlight the breast cancer survivors (in the group).”

“The pink gloves sort of unite everyone that was in the video,” said Perry. “And we feel like the hands that fill them symbolize the support and the strength of the community that came together to make this project a reality.”

Perry said the hospital is going up against 200 others across the country. All of the videos are available at where people can vote for their favorite once a day until the contest ends, November 4.

“We are really, really hoping that people will vote because it’s all based on votes,” said Perry. “(But) we think our chances are excellent because we have so much support in this community, the hospital and the cause.”

The Clippers are also preparing for the annual Play 4 the Cure game against Pentucket at the Amesbury Sports Park on Monday. The cause has become personal for the Clippers, whose coach, Lauren Hefferan, was diagnosed with breast cancer just a month prior to the game two years ago. Hefferan is currently in remission.

“I was a freshman when that happened,” said Vartabedian. “And I think the team really enjoyed being able to help because we have that personal connection. We are really close as a team this year, it’s really fun. It’s really helping our play I think, to be so close. Our friendship is something that you can see on the playing field.”

Stanton said her only dancing experience came at the Prom, but she found herself getting into the synchronized action with all of the other dancers during the video’s shoot in front of the hospital last month.

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