NEWARK, Del. (Oct. 1, 2010) - On Saturday October 2, the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team is set to give back to a cause near and dear to the program. The squad will be participating in a walk to raise money for Alzheimer's research. Prior to leaving campus for the event, which takes place in Bel Air, Md., the Blue Hens have already raised nearly $7,000 dollars.

With a team fundraising goal of $1,000, the Blue Hens have raised $6,630 dollars as of Friday. The squad, set a goal of recruiting 35 people, has surpassed that benchmark as well, receiving donations from 52 different people.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the team can view the team's page, and click "Join Our Team" at the top of page. All donations will go to the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk.

Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m. with the walk kicking off at 10 a.m. at the Bel Air Equestrian Center. For more information, please contact the Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at (410) 561-9099.

"It is my belief that coaches and student-athletes are a privileged group to which much is given and from which much is expected," said first-year head coach Kateri Linville. "As a result, I expect all team members to not only give there best, but also to give their best to others. We will as a program actively participate in and support the community and serve as ambassadors for the University and the sport."

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We provide services to those affected by Alzheimer's; advocate for policy change and research funding; and advance research toward prevention, brain health treatment and a cure. Our organization has offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and chapter affiliates nationwide that serve the needs of those living with Alzheimer's every day. Since 1989, the Memory Walk has raised more then $300 million for the cause.

"I am proud of the Delaware Lacrosse families efforts to give back to the community," said Linville. "I hope more people join us in fighting to end Alzheimer's. Donations can continue to be made through Nov. 30, 2010."

Upon return to Newark, the Blue Hens will compete in their first Blue/Gold scrimmage of the year. The fall schedule opener is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. on the turf practice fields located behind the Delaware Field House on South College Avenue at 3:30 p.m.