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Compete for a Cause

TWO OF THE AREA’S ELITE SOCCER PROGRAMS WILL “COMPETE FOR A CAUSE” – RAISING FUNDS TO HELP FIGHT CHILDHOOD CANCER

PRESS RELEASE (Mason, MI) — The Mason High School boys soccer teams (both junior varsity and varsity) will be hosting their third-annual “Compete for a Cause” game on Saturday, September 13th at the Mason High School soccer complex.  This year’s opponent, the Okemos Chiefs, are a long-time rival of Mason and happen to be just as energetic and committed to raising funds for this important cause.  As with most communities, Mason and Okemos have been impacted by childhood cancer – which is another reason why the plan is to make this an annual event between the two programs.

September is recognized nationally as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  The gold ribbon is the international symbol for childhood cancer.  Funds from the game will be donated to:  Curesearch for Children’s Cancer (national) and the MSU Pediatric Oncology Clinic (local).  Curesearch is an organization whose mission is “to fund and support targeted and innovative children’s cancer research with measurable results, and be the authoritative source of information and resources for all those affected by children’s cancer.”  Locally, the MSU Pediatric Oncology Clinic treats many types/stages of childhood cancer and works closely with Curesearch for some of their clinical trials.  Patients from both Mason and Okemos have greatly benefitted from the care received at this oncology clinic.

THE EVENT 

The junior varsity game will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. on September 13th.  Between the junior varsity and varsity game the Mason soccer youth will be recognized, we will have Dr. Gera (a pediatric oncologist from the MSU Clinic) share some words with everyone in attendance and then the varsity game will follow.

Throughout both games there will be many opportunities to support this cause.  These include:

  • Buying a t-shirt to show your support for not only the cause, but for the team you are there to root on.
  • Bidding on the 30 various silent auction items – including a Tom Izzo autographed jersey, a Mark Dantonio autographed football, a Kirk Gibson autographed baseball, golf passes, MSU sports tickets, season tickets for Lansing United, homemade items and much, much more.
  • Participating in the 50/50 raffles that will be held during the junior varsity and varsity matches.
  • Purchasing a lanyard specially made to commemorate the game.
  • Making a small donation at halftime of the varsity game for a chance to hit a post and win a prize.

Many of the players/coaches from each team have chosen to honor people impacted by cancer.  They will do so by proudly displaying their name on the back of their jerseys and providing a short write-up about their journey in the event program.

Compete for a Cause asks that attendees pick up a gold ribbon on their way into the complex, write the name of someone in your life affected by cancer on the ribbon and tape it to the windscreen behind the net as you walk to your seat.   At the outcome of the varsity game, the winning team will be presented with a hand-made plaque to be displayed at their school.

Help us go Gold for the month of September.  Thank you very much for your support – and we look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about the event, feel free to contact Pam Duren at 517.525.1764 / pmduren@aol.com or Kevin Gunns at 517.230.9983 / gunns12@yahoo.com.

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