MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- While Saturday will be senior day for the Berry men's and women's soccer teams, a time to honor the nine seniors on both squads. It will also be an opportunity for Berry players and supporters to make an impact in the fight against cancer.
October is national Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Berry women's team is doing it's part by supporting Soccer for a Cure at Saturday's match, by wearing pink jerseys during the match. Additionally, the team will be selling t-shirts to help support both the Soccer for a Cure and the Taylor Brooks Foundation.
The Taylor Brooks Foundation was founded in April of 2008 after the death of 14 year-old Taylor Brooks, the sister of Berry freshman Kristen Brooks, from a rare form of childhood cancer. The goal of the foundation is to serve patients, families and doctors battling childhood cancers. This is done through increasing the visibility of childhood cancer, providing humanitarian support to the patients and caregivers and providing resources to research, analyze and implement treatment options. Taylor Brooks Foundation Website
Soccer for the Cure launched in January of 2008 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) convention. It was started by Charlie Corbitt a cancer survivor and advocate for others affected by cancer. It is structured to serve as a place where all levels of soccer can stand together to help families fight and battle all types of cancer. Soccer for a Cure Website
"It's a great opportunity to get behind an important cause," said Berry women's head coach Lorenzo Canalis. "We welcome the chance to try and raise awareness, as well as support for these two associations."
The importance of the cause is something that Canalis knows first hand as he is a cancer survivor. Berry women's assistant coach Eric Gentilello is also a cancer survivor.
Senior day begins at 1 p.m. when the Berry men's team takes on Thomas (Ga.) at Ford Soccer Field. The Vikings will pay tribute to seniors Ben Popple and Teja Barkmann in a joint ceremony with the two teams that will take place in the intermission between the men's and women's matches.
The women's senior day match is against Brenau at 3:30 p.m. The Lady Vikings will say goodbye to seniors: Vanessa Zimmermann, Kip Hopkins, Laura Phyfer, Viktoria Frost, Christie Latimer, Jessie Vitali and Rebekah Bullock.