Soccer game a big hit as $19,000 raised

The Langley United Kicks Cancer 24-hour fundraiser event raised $19,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation. - submitted photo
The Langley United Kicks Cancer 24-hour fundraiser event raised $19,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation.
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More than 230 players — spread out over 42 teams — took to the pitch to help put their soccer boots to cancer as part of the Langley United Kicks Cancer 24-hour soccer game.

The game began at noon on Saturday and went until noon the following day at Willoughby Community Park.

And $19,000 — nearly double the soccer association’s goal of $10,000 — was raised, with the proceeds going towards pediatric cancer research at the BC Cancer Foundation.

Members of the association all the way from the youngest grassroots level to the club’s adult players took part.

“What was particularly gratifying to see was the large participation from our younger grassroots ages ranging in age from under-five and up,” said Langley United Soccer Association president Dave Kasper.

“The kids jumped on the importance of helping others and that was the outstanding learning point from the 24 hours.”

Kasper added that planning for the second edition of the event in 2015 has already begun.

Alyssa O'Dell/Langley Times

Seven-year-old Parker (left) and his five-year-old sister Taelyn Carlson chase after the ball during the Langley United Kicks Cancer event on Saturday at Willoughby Community Park.

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