Starting Friday, the four schools that com­pete in the annual Beanpot Tour­na­ment— North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Boston Uni­ver­sity, Boston Col­lege, and Har­vard University—will com­pete for more than just glory on the ice.

The Relay For Life groups at each school will take part in the “Beanpot Faceoff,” a friendly com­pe­ti­tion to raise the most money for the Amer­ican Cancer Society between Jan. 31 and Feb. 10.

We’ve been telling team cap­tains to reach out to their friends and team mem­bers and say, ‘This is the time to start fundraising,’” said Giana Manzi, S’15, co-​​chair of the Relay For Life at North­eastern. “Most people fundraise closer to the Relay. But we are telling them to start now.”

Manzi said she already knows of some North­eastern Relay teams that are waiting until the com­pe­ti­tion starts to donate money they already raised. As an extra fundraising incen­tive, Manzi said North­eastern would award prizes to the Relay team that donates the most money and the team that recruits the most mem­bers during the competition.

Relay For Life is a community-​​based fundraising event spon­sored by the Amer­ican Cancer Society in which teams walk as much as they can during a 24-​​hour period to raise money and aware­ness. Since its incep­tion in the mid-​​1980s, Relay For Life has grown into a global move­ment that now includes more than 4 mil­lion people in more than 20 countries.

Northeastern’s Relay For Life team has set up a dona­tion table in the Curry Stu­dent Center with buckets for each class. The class that donates the most money will be rec­og­nized at the Relay.

Dona­tions will be accepted until the start of the Beanpot cham­pi­onship game, which is set for Monday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at TD Garden. The winner will be announced at the game.

First played in 1952, the Beanpot Tour­na­ment is an annual hockey tour­na­ment between the four Boston-​​area schools. The North­eastern women’s team is the reigning Beanpot cham­pion, having won its 16th tour­na­ment title last year. The Northeastern’s men’s team, which is cur­rently ranked No. 10 in the nation, has claimed four Beanpot titles, the last coming in 1988.

Manzi said a Boston Uni­ver­sity stu­dent orig­i­nally came up with the idea for the Relay For Life “Beanpot Faceoff,” and noted that the win­ning school will get a trophy. This year Northeastern’s Relay for Life starts Friday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at Matthews Arena and the theme for the event is “The Olympics.” As of Tuesday, 827 par­tic­i­pants on 104 teams had raised about $31,000.

Relay For Life at North­eastern has become such a huge event over the last few years,” Manzi said. “Everyone knows about it. It is just get­ting bigger each year.” Northeastern’s 2013 Relay For Life raised about $215,000 for the Amer­ican Cancer Society, the seventh-​​highest amount raised by any col­le­giate relay last year.