#LIJSLPink: Plainedge SC Hosts BCA Day
October 20, 2014 | by Ken Ilchuk
Well over 1,000 people descended upon the Plainedge Middle School on Sunday for the Plainedge Soccer Club’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Shoot for the Cure event. From 9 am until six o’clock Sunday night, players, parents, and families streamed into the club’s soccer complex for a day of fun, games, contests, and awareness, raising over $6000 for Breast Cancer related charities.
“This is something we’ve been doing for a few years now and it’s been very successful,” said Plainedge SC president Joe Karam. “Everybody gets involved. We even have families bringing in pink baked goods, donated for free, that we can sell here at the fields, and all the money gets donated to breast cancer charities. Plus, it’s a fun day for the kids.”
There couldn’t be any question about what was going on at the fields on Sunday. Pink balloons were tied to miniature goals on the Peanuts fields, pink ribbons painted on the grass between the larger fields, pink merchandise of all kinds was for sale at several tables throughout the complex, even pink cupcakes, and players and club personnel were decked in pink from head to toe.
All of this was to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. In addition to regular games, teams in the younger age groups had various contests – from distance kicks, to dribbling relays, to the little players in the 3-year old division receiving miniature pink rubber duckies for their skills – before starting their games.
“The contests are fun and exciting for the kids, plus it’s photo day for our younger age groups, so there’s a lot going on,” Karam said. “The shooting contest happens later in the afternoon, so it’s a long day at the fields, but it’s fun and it’s for a great cause.”
Older players signed up with a donation to take part in the Shoot for the Cure contest, but even those who couldn’t make it to the middle school were able to participate by making a donation online at http://www.curedonation.eventbrite.com/. Players who donate receive a Pink Ribbon backpack and wristband.
To see a video clip from Sunday's BCA Day click here
To see a photo gallery click here