Kickin’ Out Cancer game raises $3,000

Schuylerville girls soccer team poses in their "Rossi Strong" shirts before the Kickin' Out Cancer game
Schuylerville girls soccer team poses in their “Rossi Strong” shirts before the Kickin’ Out Cancer game

The Schuylerville boys and girls varsity soccer teams helped raise more than $3,000 for the American Cancer Society during the Kickin’ Out Cancer game on Sept. 26, as the girls team took on the Lady Bills of Johnstown.

The fourth annual fundraiser included raffles, pink balloon sales and an inspirational halftime walk. This year, the Schuylerville varsity girls soccer team paid a special tribute to Davia Rossi, a freshman soccer player at Schalmont who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. The team wore shirts prior to the game that said, “Rossi Strong” on the back. Rossi was unable to attend but the rest of her Schalmont team was in attendance and took part in the halftime walk.

Kickin' Out Cancer game
The Schuylerville varsity girls soccer team poses with the Schalmont varsity girls soccer team at the Kickin’ Out Cancer game.

“Our student athletes, worked diligently to pull this night together. Their sense of responsibility, call to action, and maturity, far outpaces their age,” said Michael Kopp, Schuylerville varsity girls soccer coach. “The evening was truly inspirational, and Schuylerville pride and generosity was on full display.”

“It’s really incredible how the community came together to raise so much money for the American Cancer Society. My team and I loved being a part of such an amazing experience,” said junior Katelyn Weed. “Wearing the Rossi shirts and showing our support for not only her, but all of those who battle cancer, shows that soccer is so much more than just a game to many of us.”

Kopp said he would like to thank the OSAA players and parents, and all of the modified, JV and varsity soccer teams who contributed to the success of the event.

Schuylerville won the game 4-0.