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The 2017 Kickin' Cancer Tournament Event!

Fourth annual Kickin’ Cancer soccer tournament raises $17,000

--Funds awarded to local families, scholarship winners--


The fourth annual Kickin’ Cancer Soccer Tournament was the most successful fundraiser yet and the beneficiaries were four graduating high school students and two local families who are fighting cancer.

The tournament, sponsored by the Hamilton Wildcats, was held over three days this June and raised $17,000.

Proceeds from the tournament were presented to the family of six-year-old Paige Stines, who is battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Paige played in Hamilton Girls Soccer Club’s Micro Division before undergoing treatment for the disease last summer.

The tournament will also benefit the family Stacy Corby, who has daughters and nieces playing in the Hamilton Wildcats travel program. Mrs. Corby recently completed treatment for breast cancer.

The Kickin’ Cancer also presented a check to the New Jersey Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

For the first time, Kickin’ Cancer scholarships were presented to four local graduating seniors who played in the Hamilton Wildcat program. These presented in the names of former Hamilton soccer parents who passed away from cancer.

Receiving the Ken Dunn Scholarship was Lauren Miller of Steinert High School. Receiving the Mitch Rende Scholarship was Arianna Durling of Steinert High School. Receiving the Thomas Sprague Jr. Scholarship was Kaitlyn Strope of Northern Burlington High School. Receiving  Albert Slater scholarship was Marianna Carella of Notre Dame High School. Carella was also awarded the Geri Kurlander Scholarship from the Hamilton Girls Soccer Club. All were given $500 scholarships.

 “We are proud to be able to help families who are dealing with cancer and reward and assist our graduating players as they begin their college careers,” said Hamilton Girls Soccer Club and Wildcats president Tom Slater. “At the same time, we can continue to honor those in our soccer family who passed away from cancer by presenting scholarships in their names.”

Kickin’ Cancer began in 2014 after Slater was recovering from lung cancer. He began the tournament as a 5 v 5 event with 20 teams, mostly from inside the club. This year, there were 30 teams. This year’s tournament featured an alumni/coaches game on Friday, June 9; a travel tournament on Saturday, June 10; and a recreation tournament on Sunday, June 11.

A highlight of the tournament was the appearance of former United States National Team captain and Sky Blue FC defender Christie Pearce. Pearce spent more than two hours signing autographs and posing for photos.

The tournament also held a tricky tray during the tournament, featuring door prizes supplied by the club’s travel teams as well as those donated by local businesses and professional soccer teams.

The club has received support from local businesses, including Philadelphia Insurance, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ewing Sports, Brothers Pizza on 33, Geico Insurance Hamilton Office, Oasis Family Farms, Rita’s Water Ice, Longford Landscape, D’Imperio Builders, Nutter Landscape and Key Realty. Professional sports teams such as Sky Blue, Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, the Lakewood Blue Claws and Trenton Thunder donated door prizes. Each Hamilton Wildcat team and Rush team also donated gift baskets.