BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College women's soccer program will host its seventh annual EvvGirl Pink Game in honor of Evan Bard, sister of 2016 alumna Leisl Bard, when it takes on Union College on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Evan, whose favorite color was pink, lost her life in a drunk driving car crash in May 2013. Evan was a nursing student and cheerleader at Curry College, where she was studying to become a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse. To honor Evan's memory, the EvvGirl Foundation is funding the NICU Webcam Project and Seize the Keys Drunk Driving Educational Program.
On January 17, 2014, Baystate Children's Hospital hosted a media event announcing the EvvGirl NICU Project. Webcams are being installed in their 55-bed Davis NICU Department. These cameras allow families of NICU preemies to have the ability to watch their infants throughout the day and night from anywhere around the globe, even from their smartphones.
In the fall of 2014, Babson women's soccer raised funds toward the purchase of one of those webcams. The camera was dedicated in Babson women's soccer's name.
More recently, the EvvGirl Foundation's Seize the Keys initiative was launched. The drunk driving prevention educational program is designed to help avoid drunk driving crashes while keeping everyone safe. The intent is for people to step up and get involved in potential situations that could lead to fatal results.
"Leisl visited our team last week at practice because she wanted to meet our players," commented 10th-year head coach Nellie Pineault MBA '03. "She talked about how important her team and our program was in supporting her through challenging times. She emphasized the life-changing impact of her relationships, and when it came to the field, playing for a bigger purpose. The Bard family has continued to do good in the world by finding strength through tragedy. The EvvGirl Foundation itself is a living and breathing example of this goodness while celebrating Evan."
Donations can be made online or during Wednesday's match through halftime at the EvvGirl Foundation table located at the end of the bleachers. Coaches and players will be wearing pink T-shirts during the pregame warmup and on the sidelines. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink.
The EvvGirl Foundation was formed to generate smiles and happiness by continuing Evan Bard's passions in nursing specifically for NICUs, pediatrics and maternity, as well as in early childhood education and cheerleading.