Lady Knights Donate Bicycle and Money as Part of PepsiCo Showdown
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Last month, nearly 2,500 girls soccer players took part in the 17th Annual PepsiCo Showdown, which is the largest high school soccer tournament in the U.S. It features high school programs from all over the Chicago and Northern Illinois.

The Showdown For Charity, a part of the PepsiCo Showdown Series, provided the Knights with an opportunity to make a difference on AND off the field.

They made a difference on the field by defeating Riverside-Brookfield and Romeoville to win their charity pod, which now enables the team to make a difference off the field.

Thanks to its success on the field, Lincoln-Way Central was awarded a charity check by the PepsiCo Showdown’s Making A Difference On AND Off The Field campaign. Its focus is to engage and educate student athletes about the important role they can play as leaders off the field to make a difference in the lives of others each and every day.

Tonight, the Knights presented their charity check to Chris Savini from Feed My Starving Children, which is one of the nation's leading anti-hunger organizations. The money will help enhance the lives of those in need.

Also during the PepsiCo Showdown in April, each of the participating student athletes from the nearly 100 high school teams a part of the tournament donated $1 apiece to purchase children's bikes for 100 K-3rd grade students throughout the Chicagoland area. Each high school team built one bike together to surprise a local child from a military family in honor of Month of the Military Child, which recognizes the sacrifices children from military families make at times throughout their lives.

Tonight, the Lincoln-Way Central girls soccer program surprised Miles Thompson, a 2nd grade student at Nelson Prairie School in New Lenox, with a new 20-inch Huffy bike. Miles’ dad Brad served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Reserves for 10 years. In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq with an engineering unit. His unit was responsible for building the initial Iraqi Forces training facilities. They also oversaw and were responsible for many development projects near the Baghdad International Airport. He and many in his unit were awarded the Combat Action Badge.