Kicks for Cancer
Started in 2007, Kicks for Cancer is played annually in support of all families who have been touched by this awful disease. All proceeds from the evening’s game will be donated in memory of Lois Wells to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to support woman's cancer research. Teams will wear pink or teal uniforms to support breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
For the first three years of the event, only one game was played. Starting in 2010, Kicks for Cancer expanded to 2 games. The following year the event expanded again, featuring 6 games and now features 10 matches between some of the top high school soccer teams in Massachusetts.
Kicks for Cancer continues to grow and with the addition of the Mighty Moose 5K it will most likely raise more funds than last year all for a great cause, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Money raised since Kicks for Cancer inception:
2015 - $46,940.00
2014 - $44,307.65
2013 - $33,409.01
2012 - $28,989.96
2011 - $28,273.27
2010 - $17,051.00
2009 - $10,124.25
2008 - $11,032.40
2007 - $8,000.00
By Ray Pavlik
This year marks the 12th anniversary of the Lois Wells Memorial Kicks for Cancer. Lois is the mother of our very own Steve Wells. Tomorrow, 9/29, many of the top men's and women's teams in the state will play matches on the CCHS turf fields and wear special pink and blue game jerseys honoring people in their lives who have battled cancer by wearing the names of their loved ones on their backs. It is common to see players have, Nana, Pop or Mom and Dad on their jerseys as they play.
There will be eighteen local schools participating in twelve full-length games that will run 10:00 am through 7:00 pm. 24 soccer teams, 20 Varsity, 4 Junior Varsity, girls and boys teams will play. CCHS JV and Varsity girls field hockey teams will play "Sticks For Cancer" 10:00 am and 11:30 am.
As part of the fundraiser we sell these jerseys to the public; 100% of the proceeds go to Dana Farber to support women's cancer research. We would love to have all members of the community in attendance this weekend. The campus will be full of athletic competitions all weekend.
Check out some pretty impressive student work from our Digital Animation class by Alejandro Cancio, Ben Clarke, and Kyle Bonefant. Please excuse the poor photo quality by the photographer, me, that does not do the quality of student work justice.
Letter to Student Athletes & Letter to Fall Coaches
We have some great sporting events this weekend in service of a great cause. I am including a letter written to our student-athletes written for CC Athletic Programs. Also, please read the letter sent to coaches as we partner to promote healthy living for our student-athletes.
Athletic Program Letter
I am proud to say that some of my fondest memories in life are derived from my experiences in high school athletics. The memories born from these experiences, and the bonds formed during my high school athletic career, live on today. This fact serves as a testament to the profound impact sports can have on a young student-athlete.
Vince Lombardi, the late legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers once said: “The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”
I believe it to be true, that the qualities and virtues learned on the playing field are universal skills that will help you succeed in whatever endeavor you so choose. The life lessons I have learned through athletics are far too many to list, but chief among them are teamwork, a disciplined work ethic, and learning how to succeed in the face of what appears to be insurmountable odds.
As a society, we revere success but often fail to recognize process. The hard work, sacrifice, commitment, and dedication necessary to succeed are things that only you and your teammates can truly comprehend. It is important to note, however, that the lessons learned in the face of defeat can exceed those learned in winning, as one of the secrets of life is to fall down eight times and to get up nine. It is easy to demonstrate sportsmanship when victorious, but the true judge of one’s character can best be determined when you are exposed to defeat.
Competition and learning how to compete are vital to your future success. Whether in a rink, on a court or a field, I look forward to watching our student-athletes compete. I know you will make us proud. See you at the game.
Michael J. Mastrullo