Saturday, August 2, marks the day for the 11th annual Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
The tournament will be held at the LaGrange Soccer fields with team check-in beginning at 7:15 a.m. Games will begin at 8:00 and spectators are welcome. There will be a concession stand with lunch, drinks and snack items throughout the day — all proceeds go to Miles of Hope.
Tournament Co-Chairman Mary Schanz said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response from teams from all over the northeast United States. What started as a friendly competition to benefit the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation has turned into a large scale event promoting health and exercise for women of all ages and athletic ability.”
“The best part of the competition is that it brings the soccer moms onto the field!” said tournament Co-Chairman Amanda Tierney. “They’ve been sitting on the side lines cheering for their kids, now it’s time for the kids to cheer for them!”
The Tournament Chairman announced: “2014 Goals for Hope tournament will be held in honor of Christine Galloway. Christine is a two-time breast cancer survivor. She and her husband, Robert, have been supporters of the Beacon Soccer Club since its inception in 1978. The Galloways are active, selfless community volunteers, and grandparents of soccer players. Christine has always been a Goals for Hope active supporter, even taking to the field herself for a couple of years! Please join us on Saturday, August 2, to honor this wonderful woman!”
More than 700 women will be competing at four different levels of play. “All of the sports competitions that we sponsor are designed to be a friendly message emphasizing the benefits of exercise to all women. Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament is not about winning or losing but about participating and recognizing that we can be proactive about our health,” explained Cathy Varunok, co-founder of Miles of Hope and a Goals for Hope participant.
2014 Tournament Facts:
- 700 women, 18 to 60+ years old, playing on 54 teams in divisions that range from Soccer Mom to Competitive 7 v 7.
- Teams are comprised of women mainly from Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester Counties, NYC, Long Island and New Jersey.