Boys’ soccer plays in 16th annual Kicks for Cancer fundraiser


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Boys’ soccer team sporting teal jerseys after game against Brookline

Arya Anekal

Boys’ soccer played in the 16th annual Kicks for Cancer game to fundraise for cancer research, Saturday Sept. 24, at Concord Carlisle High School.

The Tigers defeated Brookline 2-0 in a fun, but heated rivalry game.

Kicks for Cancer is an organization that fundraises for cancer research through various sporting events. The organization was created to honor Concord Carlisle High School parent Lois Wells, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2006. Since the first event in 2007, the organization has raised almost $1.4 million dollars. 

“It’s bigger than just a game, it’s about representing and it feels good to support family and friends struggling with cancer,” said senior Mathew Gillen, a captain with seniors Henry Baker and Harrison Georgadis.

According to Roy Dow, the coach, North wore teal jerseys, the color representing ovarian cancer, with names on the back of people in their lives who are fighting cancer. “Seeing names change every year and hearing them share stories of the person is so powerful and moving,” said Dow. “It’s a great reminder that what we do on the soccer field is important.”

Other Kicks for Cancer events include Concord-Carlisle High School Field Hockey’s “Sticks for Cancer,” the Cross Country team’s “Kilometers for Cancer,” Football’s “Tickles for Cancer,” Ultimate’s “Flicks for Cancer,” Volleyball’s the “CCHS Pink Dance,” and The Mighty Moose 5K Run/Walk. The final tally of money raised won’t be publicly announced for a few weeks. 

In addition to the Kicks for Cancer game, the Tigers held their own annual car washing fundraiser Sept. 17, which raised a total of $1500. These funds were donated to cancer research institutes such as the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“The car wash was a good way to do some community service and contribute to raising money for cancer research,” said Dow.

Students and families can donate to Kicks for Cancer here.