Soccer Fights Cancer - Xaverian’s Play For Pink

by James Killinger ’24, #XBCorps

Varsity soccer fundraises for Runway for Recovery during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

This fall, Xaverian’s varsity soccer program teamed up with fellow Xaverian Sponsored School, St. John’s Prep, in a fundraising soccer game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Named Soccer Fights Cancer, Xaverian faced the Prep on October 25, and all of the money raised was donated to Runway for Recovery. According to Head Coach Mr. Garrett Bowers ’87, P ’21, ’24, “Runway for Recovery is an organization that supports people who have breast cancer, their families, and anybody touched by the experience, and helps support them through the whole process.” It all started with captains Brendan Murphy ’23 and Declan Stack ’23 who went to Coach Bowers during the summer to express their idea for the fundraiser and it grew from there.

When the Hawks took the field on October 25, they did so in style. Senior Timmy Apostolica designed game uniforms and warm-up shirts for players to wear, careful to select products that allowed for a profit margin that could be donated to the cause. In the end, they raised $6,871. “The process overall was a team effort,” Timmy said. “After all the talking among players and coaches, it was clear that this was something we were going to do.” Like so many, for Timmy this fundraiser was personal. “Breast cancer has significantly affected many people in my life and in the lives of my teammates. Doing this, personally, helps me think of my family friend who I was extremely close to and looked upon for advice.”

Photo by Will Clarke '24
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