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The Suburbanite
  • Green soccer bands together for cancer awareness

  • An annual mission of the Green boys and girls soccer teams was held at Green Memorial Stadium through the sixth Kick for the Cure.

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  • An annual mission of the Green boys and girls soccer teams was held at Green Memorial Stadium through the sixth Kick for the Cure. The players, parents and community rallied to support the event and share the vision set before them.
    Origins of this activity date back to 2008, when the Green Soccer Community joined together to help support soccer coach Jeff Basone’ s wife Shawn Basone through her battle with cancer.
    Shawn Basone lost her battle to cancer, but her legacy survives through this annual campaign to help others meet with a cure.
    At first, the community and schools teamed up to raise awareness and to raise proceeds to help others to impact those stricken with breast cancer, which effects both men and women. With continued focus on positively impacting others, through research, counseling and guidance; this year’s event benefitted Camp Quality and Susan G. Komen Foundation.
    Camp Quality is where children with cancer and their families are served through a provision of free year-round programs, experiences, and companionship. It has been part of Ohio family lives since 1996. For more information, www.campqualityohio.org .
    Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio, since 1994, has supported men and women to survive breast cancer sharing access to education, screening, treatment, and support systems. Northeastern Ohio has provided over $13 million to the research of cancer cures, local grants, and scientific awards. Additional information can be found by visiting: www.komenneohio.org .
    For the event, Green’s boys and girls varsity and junior varsity soccer teams faced-off in games against North Canton Hoover and Boardman. Green teams were victorious having won all four games of the day, seeing lives changed by the event activities, and getting to play on one team for the day with other community soccer players.
    All day long, people experienced 50/50 raffles, drawings for community donated baskets, carnival games, music, food, a dunk tank, face painting, and supporting team play.
    Additional visuals of support were present through event participants spelling out the word “hope” together on the field, a release of balloons to honor cancer victims, player escorts given to families who had endured cancer, Green Association Youth Soccer players helping with sidelines, GHS Dance team performances, GHS Majorette demonstrations, GHS Ensemble singing, and an amazing pre-game delivery of our national anthem by Kaylee Lengel bringing everyone together.