I am writing to you in the hopes that you can get the word out to our membership about a fundraising and relief effort that the NCSCA would like to endorse for next week's games. Many people have been wondering what they can do to help our brothers and sisters in Eastern NC who have been impacted by Hurricane Florence. We would like to suggest that as many schools as possible select a home game next week to designate as a Hurricane Florence Relief game. We recognize that October is traditionally Breast Cancer Awareness month and many of you already do a great job raising awareness and raising funds towards that end. What we are hoping is that for one game we can "pass the hat" around the stands to collect funds for the coast. After the money is collected and counted the home team can send a check payable to NCSCA to Tim Guter, our treasurer, and through strength in numbers and participation we can get an impressive sum of money together.
There are many great and innovative ways to go about this. You can simply put out a collection basket and ask for donations, or you can get creative as Coach Martin at TC Roberson and myself did last night when we had our "Busbee Mountain Bucket Game" between AC Reynolds and TC Roberson. We have a wooden bucket with a plaque on it, and we pass it around the stands at our game for people to put money in. The winning team gets to paint a panel on the bucket green or blue, and donate the money collected to the charity of their choice. We get very large crowds for our games when we play each other and I am proud to say that last night on a rainy evening with a relatively small crowd for a Reynolds / Roberson game we were able to raise $520 to donate to the cause of Hurricane Relief- which we both agreed would be the recipient of the funds regardless of who won the game.
Please feel free to go about this how ever you want to, but set a deadline of next Friday, 10/5 and lets get the money to Tim shortly thereafter. I am proud to be able to cut the first check. For those of you interested, here is a link to a great news story that our local station did about our game last night- it has generated tremendous positive feedback for both of our soccer programs and the charity is something that the kids are very proud of. Hats off to Coach Martin for his work on this and for a tremendous night on and off the field yesterday: