Kutz­town, Ham­burg bat­tle it out in Field Hockey Can­cer Aware­ness Game

Teams honor Kutz­town se­nior can­cer sur­vivor Niki Nolte, Kemp­ton fa­ther

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @kutz­town­pa­triot and ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter By Lisa Mitchell

The Field Hockey Can­cer Aware­ness Game, Kutz­town vs. Ham­burg, Sept. 30 raised aware­ness about can­cer and cel­e­brated can­cer sur­vivor Kutz­town se­nior Niki Nolte and Kemp­ton fa­ther Ethan Kunkel who is bat­tling can­cer. The two teams com­bined for a pic­ture and aware­ness cel­e­bra­tion for both Ethan and Niki.

Held at the Kutz­town High School Field Hockey Field, the fi­nal score was 4-1 with Ham­burg on top.

To raise can­cer aware­ness and honor Ethan and Niki, T-Shirts made by the team were sold in honor of Ethan and Niki.

“It was or­ange and green tie dye, or­ange rep­re­sent­ing leukemia and green rep­re­sent­ing lym­phoma,” said Niki. “There was a stand at the game selling baked goods, food, and do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lym­phoma so­ci­ety. Do­na­tions were also ac­cepted.” Ethan’s daugh­ters are mem­bers of the team, Mor­gan Kunkel, a ju­nior; Elissa Kunkel, a sopho­more; and Hal­lie Kunkel, a fresh­man.

Niki was a mem­ber of the mid­dle school and high school Field Hockey team start­ing var­sity player as a fresh­man.

“Be­fore her ju­nior year started, she had to make a re­ally tough de­ci­sion and she chose to con­cen­trate on swim­ming only. She missed the sport and the girls on the team,” said Niki’s mother, Melissa Nolte. “This is a team who is still a fam­ily to Niki. As you can see, they still thought of her dur­ing the can­cer aware­ness game. It is one big fam­ily and the girls and coaches are awe­some.”

“It was amaz­ing to be a part of the team again and honor the fight (I went) through, along with Ethan, with both teams by our sides,” said Niki.

“The sup­port has been won­der­ful from everyone,” said Melissa. “The Kunkel fam­ily are very dear friends of ours who we love a great deal. The sup­port from the field hockey team was won­der­ful. Niki only wished Ethan was there to share the fight and sup­port with her. Niki’s and Kunkel chil­dren’s re­tired prin­ci­pal came to show his sup­port, Mr. Peter Miller. The com­mu­nity and ath­letic sup­port have been won­der­ful.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - DEN­NIS KRUMANOCKER

Kutz­town and Ham­burg played against each other in a Field Hockey Can­cer Aware­ness Game Sept. 30. The teams hon­ored Kutz­town se­nior can­cer sur­vivor Niki Nolte and Kemp­ton fa­ther Ethan Kunkel.

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