Senior to host soccer fundraiser

Senior Kaitlyn Forry will play host to a charity 3v3 soccer tournament for her Senior Project on the soccer fields beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 12.

“Soccer has been a major part of my entire life, and it is one of the things I am most passionate about,” Forry said, via e-mail. “I love the sport, so it was a natural choice [for my Senior Project].”

The tournament is a competition between teams of four to six Brevard County high-school students. Each player must pay a $10 registration fee on the day of the tournament.

“I have three teams currently signed up,” Forry said. “But I am expecting and asking for many more.”

Soccer Coach John Krehbiel, Forry’s Senior Project sponsor, is helping her plan the tournament.

“There’s been little difficulty so far other than finding a Saturday with no conflicting activities,” he said.

All of the proceeds will benefit the girls’ soccer teams and the Uptown Soccer Academy, a New York children’s charity soccer camp.

“The [Uptown Soccer Academy] program is completely free to the children,” Forry said. “[It] teaches soccer, but also the value of exercise, nutritional eating and community service. [It’s] suited the type of program I felt I wanted to help.”

Krehbiel also touted the benefits of the Uptown program.

“It gives kids a chance to be able to play certain sports,” Krehbiel said. “They can go outside [and] run around, instead of playing video games.”

Forry said contributions are not limited tournament fees. Gently used cleats, soccer balls and other equipment can be donated.

“Even if people do not want to play, there is a gear donation box in the front office,” she said.

Forry added that the office also has all of the team registration forms.

The tournament’s winning team will receive several kinds of awards. Each player on the “champion” team will receive a specially designed T-shirt.

“I’ve been contacting local businesses looking for coupons and gift cards,” Forry said. “I’ll add more gifts […] but I don’t want to give any [more information] away.”

By Andrew Lim