COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College and Saint Anselm College men's soccer teams begin a new tradition on Saturday, playing their inaugural Community Cup game and donating money to charity through the event. The Northeast-10 Conference counterparts meet at Grappone Stadium in Manchester, N.H., at 1 p.m.
With the contest in Manchester, Saint Anselm has chosen Inti Academy, which serves underprivileged youths in that city through soccer, as this year's beneficiary. Both programs will donate $500 while raising awareness of the charity in hopes that fans and friends will join the effort.
According to Saint Michael's head coach Wade Jean, who helped develop the initiative, the goal is to encourage, support and teach the student-athletes the values of serving their community with the hopes of positively impacting the lives of those around them. The Community Cup will take place each season during the teams' non-conference meeting, with the home team choosing the local charity, and he encourages other NE10 teams to consider a similar effort. The Purple Knights and Hawks square off again for their league meeting in Colchester on Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Chartered in 2009, Inti Soccer Academy of Manchester, Ltd. is a certified non-profit corporation. As New Hampshire's representative of the nationwide Urban Soccer Collaborative, Inti serves the underprivileged youth of Manchester by conducting a rigorous soccer academy, with supporting educational services, in the most economically distressed region of the city. Inti provides free year-round soccer and an after-school academic program incorporating enrichment activities, cultural activities, field trips and healthy eating, serving typically 60 percent refugees, 25 percent immigrants and 15 percent American-born members. For more information, visit intiacademy.org.