Goal4theGoal was a Success!
NVYSL thanks everyone who participated in our
Day on October 13th. Hundreds of Players throughout our league
laced up for Pediatric
Cancer Awareness, and together we raised $11,600 to support families in need.
We all appreciate the severe emotional toll that a diagnosis of
pediatric cancer can exert on a family, but few people realize that almost half
of these families are forced to declare bankruptcy under the crippling
financial burden associated with managing the disease. Nearly 1 in 3 elementary schools in
Massachusetts is home to a child diagnosed with cancer, and our local pediatric
& cancer hospitals do some of the best work in the country to attack these
diseases. These are battles we are
fighting close to home, so NVYSL is inspired and humbled by the way our member
Clubs embraced the Go4theGoal project.
Players were educated about the ways a pediatric cancer diagnosis can impact
their friends, family, neighbors, and teammates. We learned that several of our Clubs have
Players playing soccer through the course of their cancer treatment. Several Clubs purchased gold laces for every
player in their program, and two of our affiliated Varsity & JV High School
Teams laced up for their matches on October 12th. Our kids made posters, collected additional
donations, and proudly wore their gold laces on October 13th as a
powerful reminder that being part of a youth sports community teaches lessons
far beyond those learned on the field.
Special thanks to Clinton Youth Soccer, who was our first Club to purchase laces for every Player, Coach
and Referee in their program. And special
commendation goes to our Berlin Girls Grade56 Team, who not only suited up with
Go4theGoal laces, socks, head/wrist bands, but also made posters and
communicated to their community what Go4theGoal was all about.
Please visit our Facebook page at [NVYSL Lace Up 2018] for photos and
reflections from our tour on October 13th. NVYSL appreciates the talents and efforts of Adrian Heinsohn Roe
for taking pictures and producing our Lace Up Tour video. We hope you will share your own photos and reflections about this
program as well!