MIKE NIETO: 'Kick'n for the Cure'

2013-09-05T19:00:00Z 2013-09-17T21:32:07Z MIKE NIETO: 'Kick'n for the Cure'Mike Nieto Prep Beat nwitimes.com
September 05, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

Beecher boys soccer coach Dawn Compton is hoping some pink will turn into a lot of green.

Beecher hosts its fifth annual "Pink Game"at 4:30 p.m. Thursday when the Ladycats play rival Grant Park.

There are a pair of soccer games, but this is a fundraiser with all the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation, which has played a major role in the fight against breast cancer.

It has a personal touch for Compton. Her grandmother, Dolores Pienta, is a breast cancer survivor.

"You don't know how grateful I am to have her and for her to come to every "Pink Game," Compton said. "It is special to look up and see my grandmother there and the other survivors.

"I think she has every flower she has got every year."

There will be a $3 admission as well as concessions and a 50/50 raffle. The Beecher players will wear pink jerseys and Grant Park players may wear pink socks. Fans are encouraged to wear or buy pink T-shirts.

"Our goal is to raise $1,000, and we think we will raise quite a bit more," Compton said. "We have made this an event and I think three of the five games, Grant Park has been our opponent."

Cancer survivors will be honored during halftime and Compton said to email her at dcompton@beecher200u.org if you are a survivor and are coming to the game.

"I think kids coming into our program expect to be involved in the "Pink Game," Compton said. "I have to thank them because they are really the ones who make it happen and the parents, too. They get behind us and give us a lot of support."

These are teens who are getting a sense to doing something positive and many may have a relative who had cancer. We all know someone who has fallen to cancer, and we have heard the stories of cancer survivors.

"I think they do learn more than soccer," Compton said. "We want them to come away as better persons when they leave our program and school. This is one way they can see the importance of getting involved and doing something to help others."

This has become a big thing and if you have a chance to make the trip to Beecher, you will see a good match and some good kids doing a good thing. Why not be a part of it?




This column is solely the writer's opinion. Reach him at mike.nieto@nwi.com.

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