L-W Students Unite in ALL 4 ONE Soccer Event
Thursday, September 24, 2015

On September 15th, Lincoln-Way West High School hosted its 3rd Annual ALL 4 ONE soccer event in which all four Lincoln-Way boys soccer teams competed to raise money in the fight against breast cancer. About 350 Lincoln-Way students participated including all four Lincoln-Way cheer teams, poms teams and ROTC students along with five local youth soccer clubs.

This event is a reminder of the larger struggles some face beyond the game of soccer, and what can be accomplished through team, family, and athletics, said Jeff Theiss, Lincoln-Way West Head Soccer Coach.

More than 20 parents from all four schools worked together to organize the event and more than 2,000 fans from throughout area communities came out to cheer on Lincoln-Way students. West student Rachel Singh sang the National Anthem and the colors were presented by Justin Coles, Brianna Fasano, Tim Lutz, and Hanein Rihan to open the event.

Watching our community come together and our athletes join forces in the spirit of competition to fight cancer was a rewarding experience for everyone involved and yet another example that Lincoln-Way is one family, Theiss said.

At halftime, Lincoln-Way soccer captains presented Mr. Larry Johnson from the Silver Cross Foundation with $1,442 in donations from the girls spring match between Lincoln-Way West and Lincoln-Way North, along with the $4,500 raised during last year's ALL 4 ONE event.

Since its first year, the event has brought in more than $20,000 in the fight against breast cancer. This year, nearly $3,400 was raised.

Prior to each game, local youth soccer clubs escorted Lincoln-Way varsity athletes onto the field as students recognized all Lincoln-Way soccer families affected by cancer prior to the introduction of starters.

Each youth athlete held a pink balloon representing those affected by cancer and after all names were read, the balloons were released.

The conference match results are: East 4 vs. Central 1 and West 3 vs. North 0.

Attendees also enjoyed watching scrimmages by Chicago Fire, Manhattan Ignite, Legacy SC, Windy City Pride, and Tinley Frankfort Force.