09/07/2017 9:05 AM
Hurricane Harvey Pick-Up Soccer Fundraiser a Success
Relief Efforts Exceed Goals
West Seneca, NY (September 7th, 2017) --- WNY Flash Families and Buffalo Youth Soccer Community... Thank You. Well Played.
Fundraising efforts have beaten our target of $3,000 and currently sits at $3,961! Proceeds were raised via donations to play pick up soccer and by the very kind donation (and grilling) of hotdogs by Sahlens, which were sold at the event with all proceeds going to the cause.
Rob Ferguson, The Director of Coaching for the WNY Flash Academy stated, “The event was designed to be as simple as possible. It just needed youth soccer players, and soccer players it got! More than 330 of them across the 90 minutes of pick up soccer played.”
The fields at West Seneca Soccer Complex were bouncing with soccer players from the WNY Flash Academy and West Seneca Soccer Club, who came together to host the event. Also, a great turnout of both players and coaches from GPS, along with youth players, coaches and board members from Orchard Park Soccer Club, Grand Island Soccer Club, Kenmore Soccer Club and more!
A number of local HS Soccer programs, despite being in the midst of their very busy seasons got involved to attend the event and/or raise money for the cause. Nardin Academy Girls Soccer were out in full force after their game and North Tonawanda Boys Varsity & JV stepped up to raise funds.
Local college soccer players, many with direct ties to the Buffalo Youth Soccer Community played their part too. Players and coaches from the Buffalo State Bengals Women's and Men's team, and the Canisius College Men's team were out in force volunteering at the event. While Canisius, Niagara and UB Women's teams all helped in the lead up to the event.
While every dollar raised is probably more valuable to those in need than most of us can imagine, and that is certainly the most important thing. We can also be grateful we live in this wonderful city, and are part of a soccer community that can come together for the bigger cause and do the right thing to help those in need. Rob Ferguson stated, “I was delighted to see so many of our players and families out there and genuinely grateful that we were hosting a fundraising event for our fellow Americans who are suffering right now.”
If you would still like to make a donation, please go to: https://give.hands.org/team/132707
Well played Buffalo.