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UC Hosts Inaugural Strike Out Cancer


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Relay for Life and Bowling program teamed up to host the Inaugural Strike Out Cancer event on March 8 at Forest Lanes Bowling Alley in Corbin, Ky.

UC’s Relay for Life chairperson, Agnes Oliphant, organized most of the event, including the trophies and prizes for the top three winners of each division, t-shirt sales and door prizes for all the participants. She said about 70 people bowled in the event, including several members of UC’s Bowling team.

“We had a much larger turnout that I expected,” Oliphant said.

Roman Cassidy, owner of Forest Lanes, said he was happy to help sponsor the event that is personal for him. He rented several lanes and also donated bowling towels that could be sold to raise money for the cause.

“Of course it raises money for a cause that is personal to almost anyone,” Cassidy said. “The event is personal to me because I’ve had two close friends pass away, but I know many more people who’ve beat cancer.”

Quite a few students drove to Corbin to bowl and volunteer their Saturday for the event. Mark Bakelaar, a junior at UC, and Michael O’Brien, a sophomore, both bowled and worked one of the tables during the event.

“My arm’s going to be sore in the morning,” Bakelaar said after bowling a game.

Many generous donations were made for Strike Out Cancer. Forcht Bank donated all the shirts for the event; Bubby’s Barbecue in Corbin, Tri-County Cineplex in Corbin, UC and Barnes & Noble donated door prizes at the UC bookstore. Because of these donations, all the money made from the sales will go to Relay for Life and their cause. Oliphant said she would like to extend thanks and appreciation to all donators.

“I hope this event will become an annual staple for UC Relay for Life and in the community,” Oliphant said.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

Article provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant