Soccer Takes Part in Friends of Jaclyn Event
AMHERST, Mass. - Hundreds gathered at Amherst College's Alumni Gymnasium this past Sunday to jumpstart the second annual "Friends of Jaclyn Race/Walk," an event run by student-athletes with 100 percent of the profits and donations going to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The Mount Holyoke College women's soccer team was among the participants of the event, which raised over $6,500 this year.
Friends of Jaclyn is a non-profit, charitable organization that improves the quality of life for children suffering with pediatric brain tumors and their families. The organization matches a child with a college or high school sports team based on geographic location. Once the team and child have been matched, there is a ceremonial adoption. The child becomes the guest of honor at games and receives supportive gifts. Each child that is "adopted" helps to spread knowledge and understanding for pediatric brain tumors. When the athletic community is exposed to the miraculous nature of each child and realizes the hardships that child has to endure, the community is forever changed. The circle of knowledge continues to grow and expand with every child that is adopted.
The Mount Holyoke soccer team started working with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation nearly two years ago and adopted Hailey Giguere prior to its 2008 fall preseason. Hailey is 11 years old and resides in Connecticut. Since joining the Lyons family, Hailey has attended soccer matches and developed lifelong relationships with the team's players.
View a Photo Gallery from the second annual Friends of Jaclyn Race/Walk. Special thanks to Julie Keresztes for generously donating their time on Sunday morning.
For more information regarding the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, please visit www.friendsofjaclyn.org.