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Soccer players planning to Kick for the Cure

9/5/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Shown during last year’s Kick for the Cure are representatives from Stewart’s Caring Place and the Susan G. Komen Foundation receiving checks from Green and Hoover high school soccer coaches and players, who are shown forming a “ribbon of hope” symbol.
Photo courtesy of Kick for the Cure
GREEN — Soccer players from Green, Hoover and Boardman high schools will come together Sept. 21 at Green Memorial Stadium to fight cancer during Kick for the Cure.

The annual fundraiser, organized by parents of high school soccer players, raises funds for selected local and national charities, according to Karen Harlock, one of the event’s organizers. The inaugural event was held in 2007 in honor of Shawn Basone, wife of Green soccer coach and middle school teacher Jeff Basone. Shawn died after a long battle with cancer in 2008, but the event continues each year, honoring Shawn and all others who have been touched by cancer, according to event officials.

“We were shocked by how many supporters there were in the first year of this event,” said Harlock. “We decided to keep it going, not just for Shawn, but for everyone else who was battling cancer. That is when we became creative, and it has evolved into a citywide event, with school and city officials supporting it.”

Harlock said the event also has been expanded successfully into the youth league, and while it started in the soccer community, it has spread citywide. She said both Green and Hoover high school parents are involved in fundraising.

Last year, $17,719 was raised during Kick for the Cure, and the funds were donated to Stewart’s Caring Place in Fairlawn and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, according to Harlock. This year, Kick for the Cure has selected Camp Quality, Ohio and the Susan G. Komen Foundation to be the recipients.

During this year’s event, the Green girls junior varsity and varsity soccer teams will face Hoover at 1 and 7 p.m., respectively, and the Green boys junior varsity and varsity teams will play against Boardman at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively.

“We feel good about what we are doing, and the kids feel good about what they are doing,” said Harlock. “There will be some competitive games, but this is also a fun day to support a cause we all believe in, and we hope to make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer, and their families.”

Along with the soccer games, there will be 50/50 drawings, basket raffles, carnival games, music, food, a dunk tank, face painting and more, according to event officials. Special guests will include the Green High School Ensemble performing the national anthem and the dance team and majorettes performing during half-time of the games.

T-shirts also are being sold for $10 each to raise funds for the selected charities. The shirts are available at Green High School boys or girls home soccer games; Springhill Soccer Complex on Thursday evenings during practice; at Boettler Park tomorrow, Sept. 7, during the Green Soccer Association in-house soccer game; and through the Facebook page GreenKickfor TheCure, where an online order form is available.

Supporters also can help raise funds by visiting Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 6652 Strip Ave. N.W. on the Strip in Jackson, Sept. 19 between 4 and 8 p.m. Mention Kick for the Cure when placing an order to get 25 percent of your bill donated to Kick for the Cure.

“Every penny we earn goes to charity, thanks to our charitable supporters,” said Harlock. “We are really hoping to increase donations this year.”

Advertising space for this year’s event program and donations of cash and raffle basket items are being accepted by Dennis Guilmette, fundraising chairman. Guilmette can be reached at 216-334-4867. Donations also can be sent directly to: Kick for the Cure, c/o Green Soccer Association, P.O. Box 484, Green, OH 44232.

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