Football.com Joins Soccer for Hope Inspiration Walk
Football.com will be joining the Soccer for Hope inspiration Walk on Friday, August 21.
Founded by former soccer pro Oliver Wyss and his wife, Jamie, Soccer for Hope has been raising money and awareness for childhood cancer for 18 years.
More than 200 boys and girls aged 5-14 will be participating in the annual Soccer for Hope Camp all week at the Mission Viejo World Cup Center (Potacki Center) in Southern California.
Each day, a professional or Division One college soccer team will attend to coach the kids and educate them on how important a community response can be. Teams will include Orange County Blues FC, Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, Loyola Marymount, Concordia, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal Poly Pomona.
The camp participants, as well as parents, staff and volunteers will join the Inspiration Walk that rounds out the week.
Oliver, head coach at J Serra High School in San Juan Capistrano and coach of the Orange County Blues, is a survivor of a non-cancerous illness, Aplastic Anemia, thanks to a bone marrow transplant.
The non-profit organization has been driven by Oliver and Jamie’s goal to raise desperately needed funds and awareness for children with life threatening diseases.
Years later their own young children, Hudson and Abella, were BOTH diagnosed with very rare cancerous brain tumors. After battling multiple recurrences and secondary cancers both children lost their lives; Hudson at age 3 and Abella at age 11.
These precious children have faced an unimaginable journey and all along have taught us the definition of true courage and bravery by accepting their challenges.
No child should ever face cancer! These difficult times have honed the vision for Soccer For Hope to focus on childhood cancer research, awareness and essential family support.
Since its inception, Soccer For Hope has benefitted thousands of children and their families across the U.S. In the last 18 years they have raised over $2.5 million dollars for hospitals and foundations nationwide. They host a variety of events from soccer camps & inspiration walks to gala dinners & movie screenings. Their hope is to continue these efforts along with raising awareness for the many orphan cancers that receive little or no funding.
For more information and to register for the camp, visit http://www.soccerforhope.org or call 949-716-7700.