The Schuylerville boys and girls varsity soccer teams helped raise nearly $2,500 for the American Cancer Society during the Kickin’ Out Cancer game on Oct. 4, as the boys team took on Hudson Falls.
“It’s really empowering,” said Sidney Gregorek, a senior co-captain of the girls varsity soccer team, speaking on behalf of the team’s three captains. “We’re all proud to be a part of Kickin’ Out Cancer because we can actually see the difference that we’re making as students in our community, while doing something that we love and are passionate about.”
The fifth annual fundraiser included basket raffles, pink balloon sales and an inspirational halftime walk. The Old Saratoga Athletic Association (OSAA) contributed $1,025 to the total amount raised.
“Having the OSAA youth program run a donation collection on their fields and give 100-percent of that money to our event is truly humbling,” said Michael Kopp, coach of the girls varsity soccer team. “The sense of pride, caring and contribution is palpable amongst our student athletes.”
Both teams would like to thank all of the fall athletic teams, clubs and individuals who contributed to the success of the event.
“Every year the players, parents, faculty and community members come together to support this great cause,” said David Gauci, coach of the boys varsity soccer team. “It seems we are all affected by cancer in one way or another and it’s amazing to see our student-athletes working together to help raise awareness.”
Schuylerville won the game 4-0. The game also served as Senior Night for the boys team.
“It’s a special night,” said Cam Alber, a senior captain of the boys varsity soccer team. “It’s always a good feeling to give back. Any contribution is meaningful and just raises awareness.”