The Staten Island Youth Soccer League raised $5,385 for the Mighty Mike Foundation, a non-profit organization providing tools to child life specialists that help comfort, educate and provide hope to kids battling long-term and chronic illnesses.
The league hosted a series of games for the foundation at the Owl Hollow Soccer Complex Friday night, Oct. 27.
Eight SIYSL teams from the Girls Under-11 age group played. Four teams wore black uniforms with gold lettering while their opponents wore gold uniforms with black lettering, symbolizing the colors of pediatric cancer awareness.
The inspiration for the evening was nine-year-old Maggie Russo from Our Lady of Good Council Soccer Club. She has been undergoing treatment for cancer and is in remission. Russo was diagnosed with cancer when she was about to turn two. It started in her eye and has spread to her bone marrow and later to her bladder wall. Maggie’s mom, Mary Beth Russo, is the assistant director for the club.
“It was a very successful night and we look forward to doing it again next year,” SIYSL president Bill Smith said. “Thank you to our club directors for supporting us and a special thank you to Nick Senise of Notre Dame Academy, as well as all of the Girls Catholic High School Athletic Association coaches and players who also volunteered.”
The SIYSL is a member of Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.