Aug. 16, 2006
Mission Viejo, CA -
More than 300 boys and girls were treated to a soccer clinic Tuesday in Mission Viejo by the Cal State Fullerton men's soccer team on behalf of Soccer for Hope, a non-profit organization which raises money for pediatric cancer research.
The Titans were scheduled to have a scrimmage against Cal State San Bernardino tonight (Wednesday) but that event has been postponed until Tuesday (Aug. 22) at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge. The Titans also play an alumni team at 7 p.m. On Saturday (Aug. 19).
Soccer for Hope was founded by Oliver Wyss, a former professional soccer player in Switzerland and a survivor of aplastic anemia. Since 1999, Soccer for Hope has progressed from Oliver's vision of an annual local event in Southern California to an explosive charity program reaching thousands of people nationwide. In 2005, Oliver's young son was diagnosed with a brain tumor and the experience has honed his vision for Soccer for Hope to focus on cancer research.
Soccer for Hope receives funding through corporate sponsorship and participation fees from Soccer for Hope camps, clinics and Inspirational Walks. These events include an annual camp in Southern California and nationwide clinics. During these events children have an opportunity to learn soccer from skilled professionals who share Oliver's commitment to helping needy children. The kids at the camps also are made aware of the challenges that less fortunate children face and leave with the knowledge that they are helping children with life threatening diseases. The funds are directed to the Irvine-based Pediatric Cancer Resarch Foundation to help children who need treatment that they could otherwise not afford.
Soccer for Hope provides more than just funding. It provides awareness to the community of how they can help make children's lives better. It provides healthy athletes with an understanding of how fortunate they are to have their health and the difficulties that other children live with. It even provides soccer equipment to orphans in Africa. It provides hope to children with life threatening diseases. And it provides corporations, soccer teams and other soccer organizations a vehicle to give back to the community through a soccer related activity that benefits everyone involved. Soccer is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and touches more young people's lives than any other sport.