Women's Soccer to Play at Soldier Field in Kicks Against Breast Cancer
CHICAGO The DePaul women’s soccer team is scheduled to play a pair of exhibition matches at Soldier Field on Sunday as part of Kicks Against Breast Cancer. The Blue Demons are one of seven teams at this inaugural event at Soldier Field to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment.
Prior to playing on Sunday, the women’s soccer student-athletes raised $2,000 towards the cause through selling t-shirts, wristbands and a bake sale on campus.
"We are really excited to be a part of this event,” said head coach Erin Chastain. “We have many team members that know someone personally affected by breast cancer and are working hard to raise money and awareness. It should be a great day of soccer for a great cause."
DePaul is scheduled to play Marquette at 9:45 a.m. and Wisconsin at 1:20 p.m. The day-long event also features Illinois, Northern Illinois, Northwestern and Notre Dame. The first match is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Admission price is $10 (general admission seating) and includes access to the Soldier Field Fan Zone, which gives fans of all ages the opportunity to interact with coaches, players, sponsors, and spokespersons. A “Soccer Moms” clinic will also be held to teach the basics of soccer and provide inside tips to parents, aspiring coaches and players.
Founded by Louise Waxler, The Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament honors the memory of Claudia Mayer, who died of breast cancer at the age of 47 in 1996. The KICKS tournaments are held on an annual basis in April of each year attracting top collegiate soccer teams from throughout the United States.
Soldier Field Kicks Against Breast Cancer has set a fund raising goal of $100,000 which will be achieved through the efforts of the student athletes and the generous support of sponsors like adidas. Children’s Memorial Research Center of Chicago will share in the proceeds from Soldier Field Kicks Against Breast Cancer event.