The Mariners have raised over $7,000 dollars worth of donations for the Mary Dow Center and will be continuing those efforts during this Saturday's game against Endicott College at 12:00 p.m.

Over the past three months, the Maine Maritime Academy Football Team has been collecting donations throughout their respective local communities, to benefit the Mary Dow Center for Cancer Care in Ellsworth, Maine. The Mary Dow Center is at the forefront of Cancer research, attempting to find a safer more reliable cure at a convenient Maine location.

"I'm proud of how our players responded to this fundraising challenge. The coaches and players are very pleased with the amount of money raised to date for this great cause. We are happy that these donations will stay within the local community and benefit the Mary Dow Center," said Head Coach Chris McKenney.

The Mariners will be auctioning off three pink replica helmets, selling "Crush Cancer" t-shirts for $15, and holding another Pass the Helmet promotion during halftime.

On Wednesday morning team captains John MacDonald and Alex Morrison, along with Head Coach Chris McKenney met with Jack Frost, Executive Director of the Maine Coast Healthcare Foundation, and Board of Trustees Member and Castine resident Karen Stanley. Mr. Frost will return on Saturday for a check ceremony prior to the game.

"I am proud of the way our football program continues to strive to be the best they can be on the field, in the classroom, and throughout the community," McKenney added.