Why Louisville will wear yellow shoelaces

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The University of Louisville basketball team will show their commitment to the fight against pediatric cancer on Friday night by wearing yellow shoelaces. The laces are part of junior Montrezl Harrell's learning service project for a health lifestyles class. Cardinal Authority has the latest on the efforts by the Cardinals.

University of Louisville junior Montrezl Harrell said he could have done something else for his learning service project in a healthy lifestyles class.

But then again, Harrell said he picked the right idea.

As part of the project, Harrell and the rest of his teammates will wear yellow shoelaces on Friday night in the NCAA Sweet 16 game against North Carolina State. The laces will be worn as a dedication to support awareness for pediatric cancer.

"It was my idea," Harrell said. "I could have done something else but I felt like this was a better choice. It symbolizes something for me.

"The guys I run with on the floor every day, it makes it pretty special."

The idea has come from the Go4theGoal Foundation and it's been called Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer. Harrell said he had heard about it several times and wanted to do something for this class that would be "special" to him.

"It means something to me," Harrell said. "I really wanted to do this."

Go4theGoal Foundation was founded in 2006 by Dr. Richard and Beth Stefanacci after their oldest son, Richard, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. In 2011 Go4theGoal launched two national campaigns, National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day and Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer. These campaigns give schools, businesses, and sports teams an opportunity to raise awareness and much needed support for kids battling cancer.

Go4theGoal provides children undergoing cancer treatment and their families with financial assistance, runs fun hospital-based programs, grants special wishes, and supplies state of the art electronic products to children and pediatric oncology units across the country. Go4theGoal strives to assist local families by providing 100% of the proceeds to the local community of the university that decide to join the cause.

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