Lincoln-Way soccer teams compete for a cause
Thursday, April 26, 2018

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Lincoln-Way East hosted the ninth annual Lincoln-Way Breast Cancer/Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Night. All three Lincoln-Way High Schools, along with Homewood-Flossmoor High School, competed in the event.

“It is a great feeling to give back to the community,” says Lincoln-Way East Coach Mike Murphy. “This game was a great avenue to teach our athletes that there is something more to fight other than a win or a loss. As coaches, we stress sportsmanship and making the correct decisions on and off the field. This game reinforced the true principals of interscholastic sports. The community has done so much for our district and our school that we wanted to raise money for a great cause…”

Over $2,700 was raised during the event through raffles and the sale of T-shirts. Money raised will be donated to The Silver Cross Foundation and to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDFR); the organizations raise awareness and fight to find a cure for breast cancer and type 1 diabetes.

Five local soccer clubs joined the four high schools in their efforts. The Tinley Frankfort Force Soccer Club, Roma Soccer Club, Legacy Soccer Club, Chicago Fire Juniors Soccer Club and Windy City Pride Soccer Club participated in the event.

“We want to thank all of the coaches, parents, and community members for participating in this event,” says Lincoln-Way East Athletic Director, Mark Vander Kooi. “They really put a lot of energy into this evening and we appreciate it; it was also great to see the youth programs out in full force. Both soccer matches were very competitive as well. So overall, we are very proud of three of our Lincoln-Way Soccer Programs and the effort they put into this annual event.”