The Chicago Edge Soccer Club teamed up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Soccer Kicks for Cancer campaign to raise more than $13,000 for blood cancer research this fall. In addition, the Chicago Fire Foundation—the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team—matched $.25 for every dollar raised by athletes on the Edge team.
Through the Soccer Kicks for Cancer program, young athletes work on their soccer skills as they fundraise for LLS, which is the world’s largest organization dedicated to fighting blood cancers. Since 2006, Chicago Edge Soccer Club athletes have raised more than $90,000, while the Chicago Fire Foundation match kicks the fundraising total to more than $110,000.
During preseason camp, members of the Chicago Edge raised funds by collecting pledges for each juggle of the soccer ball during practice. Chicago Edge Soccer Club is a youth soccer club headquartered in Oak Park and River Forest, with 460 total athletes.
The top fundraising team, Chicago Edge team GU11 Premier, raised more than $1,000 alone. Nearly half that sum was raised by Danielle Wolven, the top individual fundraiser with a total of $455. Together, the teams of the Chicago Edge Soccer Club raised more than $10,500 before the match from the Chicago Fire Foundation.
For almost 20 years, LLS’s School & Youth Programs have provided young people with the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for local blood cancer patients. Other School & Youth programs include the Pennies for Patients Program and Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies program. Thanks to contributions like these, LLS has invested nearly $1 billion to advance new blood cancer therapies and is the leading source of free blood cancer information, education and patient support.
For more information about Soccer Kicks for Cancer and LLS or to register your school, please call (312) 651-7358 or visit schoolandyouth.org/il.
For more information about the Chicago Edge Soccer Club, please visit chicagoedgesc.com.