Thursday, Nov. 16, Kean Dance Theater (KDT) hosted its third annual Prime Time Powderpuff Game in support of breast cancer awareness. Members of KDT and students of Kean volunteered to play in a flag football game against William Patterson University. The proceeds from the night went toward the American Cancer Society.
"This game was designed for women, which breast cancer mostly affects. This game really represents the entire Kean community coming together to support a cause and work together," said KDT director of public relations and assistant to the Kean Dance theater Roshorn Shivers Jr. "We really want to give back to the American Cancer Society and do our best to raise as much as we can."
The event began with the singing of the national anthem by representatives of the Kean Gospel Choir. KDT vice president Bre'yanie Pearson gave a welcoming intro and thanked all in attendance for coming to support KDT and breast cancer awareness. Then with music provided by DJ Cali Cal, the game began.
"I put the game together my junior year with the help of the KDT e-board and members of the Rho Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity Inc. I wanted to participate in an event and sport that I enjoy. I played powderpuff football in high school, so I wanted Kean to have something similar," said Pearson.
The night was cold but filled with energy from the team, the crowd, the volunteers, and from the in-crowd performances by Kean University's Top Knotch. Their synchronized moves along with music from DJ Cali Cal kept the night exciting.
Throughout the night, Kean Dance Theater representatives and volunteers worked at a bake sale on the sidelines. They sold a variety of baked goods to those who came to support. The proceeds also went toward the night.
"That night was freezing, I did have layers on, but I was still shaking. So when I got on the field and started moving and all, I felt my blood rushing. At that moment, I just felt good and was ready to play the game. I knew it was going to be a good and fun game regardless of who wins or loses. It's about having fun and the experience while also doing it for a good cause," said Genesis Cintron, Kean sophomore, KDT treasurer.
KDT was able to raise a total of over $500 for the American Cancer Society. The game concluded with a score of 21-28 with William Patterson University winning.