The Mt. Ararat High School girls’ soccer team raised more than $1,500 in its first collaboration with the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer initiative.

This money will go toward cancer research and supporting cancer patients.

At an Oct. 11 game against Brunswick High School, the junior varsity and varsity teams wore pink as in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as organized several other fundraisers.

“It was wonderful to be at this game and see such community support for this cause,” said Brian Casalinova, American Cancer Society community manager of Special Events. “The team really got creative to raise awareness and money. They sold cards for a Wall of Hope that folks could write the name of loved ones on, held a raffle with items donated by local businesses, held a bottle drive, utilized the Coaches vs Cancer website to raise funds, had a half time kick shootout against the Eagle’s mascot, and held a 50/50 raffle. Seeing young people show support like this is really inspiring.”

The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide program founded by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers athletic coaches, their teams, fans, and communities to save lives from cancer by participating in a variety of national and local events.

Since its inception in 1993, high school and college coaches and their wives involved in numerous sports across the country have raised more than $85 million with the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.

To learn more about Coaches vs. Cancer or to get your team involved in the Coaches vs. Cancer program, contact Brian Casalinova at (207) 373-3718.

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