Two soccer coaches from opposing schools set their rivalry aside and teamed up to help kids fighting cancer.
Six years ago Fabius-Pompey boys varsity soccer coach Matthew Nuener and Tully boys varsity soccer coach Bill Donald decided to use their annual game against each other to raise money.
Coach Nuener explained the thoughts behind their idea, “We really wanted to be able to give back to the community, especially since so many people are affected by cancer. Especially in our community. We’ve had a number of people that have fought this disease. Sadly, a couple that have lost their fight to cancer as well .”
Now their event, Communities Kickin Cancer Benefit Soccer Game – “Kids Playing for Kids”, brings two communities together to take on a disease everyone wants to beat.
The Varsity Girls Soccer teams will play first, starting at 5:00pm. Followed by the Varsity Boys Soccer teams at 7:00pm. Both games are being played at Fabius-Pompey Middle/High School on Mill Street In Fabius.
In addition to the games, there will be food, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and more.
Coach Donald described a special dedication involving the players that takes place before the games, “There’s a ceremony that goes through, where the boys have on, some of the boys right now have on the back of their shirts peoples names. They’ll give that shirt that they have on to a family member or to the person that had cancer. They’ll announce them and if they’re in memory or in honor of and they’ll hand them the shirt.”
100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
To learn more about the games and the event, visit CommunitiesKickinCancer.org