CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-9917
Release: March 10, 1999
Youth wrestling tournament at Xavier to benefit research at UI Cancer
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A youth wrestling tournament, providing fun for kids
while helping support research at the University of Iowa Cancer Center,
will be Saturday, March 20 at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids.
Children in first through eighth grade at any area school may participate.
Registration is $8 per child by March 17 and $10 at the door. Two dollars
of each entry fee will go through the UI Foundation to the UI Cancer Center.
A portion of the spectator admission fees -- $2 for adults and $1 for
children -- will also go to the center.
Participant weigh-in at Xavier's main gym begins at 7 a.m. Round-robin
competitions by grade level will begin at 9 a.m. and last until approximately
John Ward, a sales representative with Gilcrest Jewett Lumber Company
in Cedar Rapids, initiated the fund-raising event.
Ward, who volunteers as head coach of Xavier's junior high and club
wrestling programs, said, "I wanted to help with the wrestling program
and do something that's very important to me by raising funds for cancer
Ward's father, Donald Ward, died in 1997 from cancer of the esophagus.
The UI Cancer Information Service will host an informational booth at
Cedar Rapids sponsors of the event include Gilcrest Jewett Lumber Company,
Landmark Development, McGuire Mortgage, Nelson Electric, Play It Again
Sports (also with a store in Iowa City) and the Ward family.
For tournament registration information, contact Dave Malecek, Xavier
High School head wrestling coach, at (319) 294-6635. For information about
the fund-raising effort, contact John Ward, at (319) 447-0218.
Xavier High School is located at 6300 42nd St., off of Edgewood Road
in Cedar Rapids.
The UI Cancer Center in Iowa City is dedicated to cancer research, clinical
care, education, detection and prevention. The center advances cancer research
and education through the collaborative efforts of researchers and physicians
from 26 departments in six UI colleges and the UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Using knowledge gained through this research, UI physicians and other health
care professionals work together in the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical
Cancer Center to provide the most advanced cancer care available in a manner
that recognizes each patient as an individual.