By Spencer Schultz and Jillian Risavi
After a victorious battle against ovarian cancer in 2007, Sally A. Lock was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer again in 2010, for the second time in four years. After visiting his ill sister in the hospital, district computer technician and Jamesville-DeWitt Boys JV Soccer head coach Paul Krause “realized he had to do something.” In the fall of 2010, Krause began the first annual Coaches vs. Cancer charity game against Baldwinsville, raising $2,552 for the American Cancer Society. After a hard fight, Mrs. Lock passed away in the winter of 2010.
Though Lock lost her fight against cancer, the legacy of her courage lives on with the Sally A. Lock Coaches vs. Cancer Charity Soccer Game, named in her honor.
The sixth annual charity game will be held Oct. 17 against Fayetteville-Manlius for both the JV and Varsity teams. With the support from local sponsors, the J-D soccer teams and the community, last year’s event generated $3,860, the most the event has ever raised. Coach Krause hopes to break that record and raise $4,000 for the event this year that will be donated to the ACS to support the research for cancer cures. The check will be presented in between the JV and Varsity games on Oct. 17.
The J-DHS Varsity and JV Boys soccer players are doing their part by selling t-shirts and gathering sponsors for the event. The sponsors for the event pay $100 to get the name of their company featured on the back of the shirt. Sponsors are the most profitable part for the event, says Coach Krause. Sponsors for the event include Robbie T’s Pizza, Surgical Care East and Utica Pizza Company, among 20 others.
For many of the players, fundraising for the cause has a very special place in their heart. “We all know someone that has had, or in some way been affected by cancer so it’s great to be able to spread awareness,” said sophomore varsity soccer player Nico Modesti. Senior soccer player Ajay Manohar, who has sold 10 shirts for the cause, has a personal connection to the Coaches vs. Cancer game. “It feels very rewarding to raise money for the ACS because my aunt passed from leukemia so it feels good to help try and find a cure,” says Manohar.
J-D isn’t the only school raising money for the game. F-M is also helping the cause by fundraising by selling shirts.
The Syracuse Silver Knights, a semi-professional soccer team, also will be supporting the event for the three years. The Knights donated items to raffle off at the match like tickets to a game, a jersey, or balls with their signatures.
The impact of the Coaches vs. Cancer game has gone far beyond its initial goals of raising money of the ACS. All participants have been inspired to “support an important cause,” says freshman JV player Fahim Mohi. “It feels great to know that I can impact such a huge thing,” says sophomore JV player Joe DiDomenico.
Be sure to show up to the JV game starting at 1:00 p.m. and the varsity game at 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 17 wearing your Coaches vs. Cancer shirt. Or go to Moe's on Wednesday, Oct. 14 so a percentage of your bill will go to their cause. Grab a flyer in the libray.