Pioneers’ “Defeat All Cancer” Football Game Oct. 11

Aug. 6, 2014 - by Carol Best

Arrowhead Game to Honor Cancer Warriors

By Carol Best
August 6, 2014
helmet

MNU is one of four teams in the Heart of America Athletic Conference preparing to play football in an NFL stadium. In the NAIA’s first-ever Gridiron Challenge Oct. 11, MNU will play Missouri Valley at 3 p.m. and Benedictine College will play Baker University at 7 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. One ticket provides fans access to both games making for a truly memorable experience.

MNU is using this unique opportunity as a way to bring attention to a devastating disease by designating this game the “Defeat All Cancer” game. Wearing wristbands and tape in the colors designated for particular forms of cancer, MNU athletes will represent friends and loved ones who have fought cancer. Wristbands will be sold at the game for anyone wanting to show their support for defeating cancer.

The idea is the brainchild of Pioneer Offensive Coordinator Bruce Pielstick whose wife of 27 years succumbed to bladder cancer just 7 months ago. Pielstick says the Defeat All Cancer game provides an opportunity to touch the lives of people that have gone through or are going through this difficult disease, in Jesus’ name.

“We want to encourage those who are in a battle with cancer,” Pielstick says. “We want to praise and honor Jesus Christ and we want to bring attention to all forms of cancer that people are fighting.”

Players will represent individual cancer patients and special recognition will be given to these “cancer warriors,” as Pielstick calls them. A prayer will also be offered on their behalf.

Pioneer athletes are enthusiastic about representing others in the game.

“I am excited about this cancer awareness game because I know some guys on the team have been affected by it in a big way,” says Justin Vargas, a senior linebacker from Palmdale, Calif.  “This game isn't being played for just a win, but for loved ones lost."

BPielstickCoach Pielstick wants to encourage those touched by cancer at the "Defeat All Cancer Game."

Pielstick says the fact that this game will be played at Arrowhead gives MNU the opportunity to bring more attention to this special recognition of cancer warriors.

“We are excited about the first-ever NAIA Gridiron Challenge,” he says. “We expect more fans than usual to attend this game and that means more people can take part in this effort to encourage and pray for people with cancer.”

For more information about the NAIA Gridiron Challenge or to purchase tickets, click here.

 

MNU News

Monday, January 26
Recent News
List
Grid
Archives
MLK 2015-27
MLK Leader Scholars Honored

MLK Leader Scholars Honored

MNU honored its Martin Luther King Leader Scholars this week. Presented at the 9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Community Celebration, the students received certificates in addition to scholarships…

Read More
New MLK photo
9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s 9th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at…

Read More
Jane Martin
It's Never Too Late

It's Never Too Late

Acquiring an education is a feasible goal regardless of a person’s age. This is something MidAmerica Nazarene University nursing student Jane Martin believes with all her heart. Ret. LTC Ken…

Read More
ACBSPnewsroom
School of Business Announces ACBSP Accreditation

School of Business Announces ACBSP Accreditation

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s School of Business announced today that its programs of study have achieved accreditation by the Accreditation…

Read More
RWJF V2 2014-11Anari
Bringing Healthcare to Most Vulnerable

Bringing Healthcare to Most Vulnerable

Fredrick Anari wants to know his life has had meaning and the nursing profession is how he has chosen to pursue that passion. A student in MNU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)…

Read More
Quincy Foster
MNU Campus Community Condolences

MNU Campus Community Condolences

Mourning the Loss of Student Quincy Foster Jan. 2, 2015             The MidAmerica Nazarene University community is deeply saddened by the loss of…

Read More
Bruce Flanders
Library Director Honored

Library Director Honored

Library Director Bruce Flanders has been named the December member of the month for the Association of Christian Librarians. Established in 1957, the Association of Christian Librarians is one of the…

Read More
Website Icon
Admissions Site Nominated for Award

Admissions Site Nominated for Award

MNU’s web site section for undergraduate admissions is a nominee for eduStyle's 2014 Best Prospective Admissions Site. The design, which was created by MNU’s in-house marketing and web team,…

Read More
Terry Zeigler KCK Police Chief
MNU Alum Named Police Chief of KCK

MNU Alum Named Police Chief of KCK

MNU alumnus Terry Zeigler ('98) was named Chief of Police for Kansas City, Kansas last week. Zeigler holds a BA in Management and Human Relations from MNU. Read the whole story by Tony Rizzo in The…

Read More
Sports
Balcom Records Career High at Graceland

Balcom Records Career High at Graceland

MNU finished the first half of the HAAC schedule tied for the lead after an 80-65 victory at Graceland on Saturday...(click title for more)

 
70-Point 2nd Half Gives MNU Blowout Victory

70-Point 2nd Half Gives MNU Blowout Victory

MNU trailed by 5 at halftime but exploded for a 103-79 victory at Graceland on Saturday...(click title for more)

 
Pioneers Finish Strong in Victory Over Avila

Pioneers Finish Strong in Victory Over Avila

A competitive game turned into an 18-point victory as MNU pulled away late on Thursday...(click title for more)

 
Latest Photos
MLK_2015-33 Bob Shands (left) accepts Martin Luther King Living Legacy award on behalf of his late father, Rev. O. Norman Shands, Jr. Dr. David Spittal, MNU president (right).
MLK_2015-27
MLK_2015-23
MLK_2015-18
MLK_2015-8
MLK_2015-6