STEUBENVILLE - On Oct. 5, the boys and girls soccer teams from Steubenville, Indian Creek, Edison and Steubenville Central will be playing in an all day benefit for cancer awarness. Each high school is currently raffling off gift baskets.
There will be games and prizes for the kids that day, along with drawings and door prizes.
"In the past we all have done our own thing but this year we are doing a joint effort and hosting it at Harding Stadium," said Bowers. "The original idea was brought to me by Jonathan Hoover of Indian Creek and we got the ball rolling on this. Each coach and team has a parent representative who have met on several occasions to help organize this.
"What started as a small idea has grown to be something much bigger than I anticipated."
Schedule: 8 a.m. Steubenville vs. Edison boys; 10 a.m. Indian Creek vs. Edison girls; Noon Steubenville vs. Steubenville Central girls; 2 p.m. Steubenville Central vs. Indian Creek boys.
"We are so thankful to the area businesses who have been a vital part in making previous events a success," said Mitzi Probert, Indian Creek's parent coordinator for the event.
Probert, along with soccer parents Melanie DiCarlo of Steubenville, Amanda Harris of Edison and Suzanne Bodo of Steubenville Catholic Central, have been organizing the fundraising side for several months. Each have already reached out to their business contacts and parents.
"We have received an overwhelming response to our efforts," said Probert. "Donations have already started coming in and have many more expected."
A generous donation from Trinity Health Systems and Big Red soccer parent Von Kurty will help purchase team shirts. Each player will receive an event shirt with their jersey number on it.
"I want to thank Keith Murdock at Trinity and Mr. Kurty for this generous donation. We are hoping that even after these games are over, the players, when wearing their tshirts, will be a valuable reminder of the special fund out there for cancer patients," Probert said.
"This gives the players an understanding that they can make a difference doing something they love," Hoover added. "Every one of the team enjoys playing the game and this gives them a chance to play for an important cause."
Hoover said he approached the schools' other coaches and received a positive response from them.
"The other coaches were very supportive of the idea," Hoover said. "We already play each other during the season so all we had to do was change the day we played and time."
Hoover asked Bowers if the event could be held at Harding Stadium due to its turf field.
"This would allow us to play even if it rained," said Hoover.