SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Committed to giving back to the community, Santa Clara women's rowing hosted "Jog for Jill" on October 13 to raise money and awareness for lung cancer. The event took place before the Bronco Invite on the same day at Baylands Park.
Even though this was the first time Santa Clara has hosted the event, there were nearly 30 people that showed up as the team raised almost $3,000. Santa Clara head coach John Wojtkiewicz was very pleased with the turnout and knows that the event will grow with time.
"The turnout for 'Jog for Jill' was good as we had around 30 people which wasn't too bad for a first time event and it was very cool to run it on the cross-country course with the pro timing and course marking," said Wojtkiewicz. "The event was very successful in that we raised close to $3,000 which is around $100.00 per participant. I thought that was really great. In any event like this, we're going to need a couple of iterations to get things going and to build up, but I'm confident we can make this a great regular fall event for women's rowing and the cross country teams, and work to raise more and more money and awareness each year."
Jill Costello was a coxswain on the Cal varsity rowing team when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. Costello continued to compete with her team and helped Cal finish second at the NCAA Championships in 2010 before passing away two months later.
To read a Sports Illustrated story on Costello, click here.