GREEN  Green Kick for the Cure raised more than $26,000 during its annual charity fundraising event that joined cities together to raise funds and awareness for cancer while having fun around high school soccer.

During the past 10 years, the group has raised more than $146,000, supporting non-profits like Stewart’s Caring Place and Camp Quality, who were this year’s beneficiaries. This year's rally The Rally was held on Sept. 28, and the total raised was $26,131.86, which was the second highest in Kick for the Cure history.

The Green High School JV and varsity girls soccer teams competed against Marlington and the Green boys JV and varsity soccer teams competed against Austintown Fitch. Off of the field, these teams as well as the schools and communities joined together to raise funds for cancer awareness. Events to raise money included Dine to Donates at local restaurants such as Jerzee’s in Green, Chipotle at Arlington Ridge, Waterloo Road MiCasa and the Arlington Road East of Chicago Pizza in Green. Vista Storage in Green also held a donation drop off fundraiser called "Fill the Unit." Donations turned in to Vista Storage were donated to Easter Seals and a check for the amount of donations turned in was given to the Green Kick for the Cure.

The Kick for the Cure committee sold more than 870 Kick for the Cure T-shirts throughout the city and schools. The day before Kick for the Cure, the city of Green and Green Local Schools, along with other local businesses, participated in Dress Down to Cancer Day. Participants paid for a Kick for the Cure T-shirt or paid to "dress down." Many of Green High Schools teams and clubs assisted in planning and helping during the event, including the Girls of Green, cheerleaders, members of the football team, the Art Club, the ensemble and the dance team.

Ads were purchased and Raffle Baskets were donated by many local business in the Green, Akron and Canton area. More than 6,000 tickets were sold for the 115 baskets raffled off on the day of the event. The traditional Kick for the Cure quilt was made this year by a grandmother on the boys’ soccer team and raffled off that night.

Planning for next year’s event, which will be held on Sept. 15, 2018, is already underway.

For more detailed information or to find out how to become involved in next year’s event, contact co-chairs Sarah Givens at 330-328-7823 or Shelly Keller at 330-472-5744. More information All other information can be found at www.greenkickforthecure.com/, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreenKickforTheCure/ or by emailing greenk4c@gmail.com.