COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team was involved in its second fundraiser in less than a week on Tuesday, raising more than $600 for Save the Children and those affected by Hurricane Irma.
Eight current members of the men's soccer program have ties to Florida, having either grown up or played high school soccer in a state that was affected during the past week by the hurricane, which also devastated numerous Caribbean island nations and territories, as well as Georgia and South Carolina. During their home contest with Merrimack College on Tuesday, the Purple Knights sold T-shirts and accepted donations - through assistance from the women's soccer team - with all funds going toward Save the Children, which is aiding relief efforts from natural disasters around the world.
According to its website, Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, it puts children's needs first. To learn more or help the relief efforts, visit savethechildren.org. "I did a little bit of research on what the best charities were to donate directly to hurricane relief efforts, and I came across Save the Children," said senior Daniel du Feu (Miami, Fla./Palmer Trinity School). "I went on their website and read about them, and we liked the focus it had on children and families, and specifically getting children back into the classroom."
Du Feu, senior Daniel Castaño (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy Charter School), junior Daniel Pernia (Homestead, Fla./Doral Academy Charter School), sophomores Cris Cervantes (Barranquilla, Colombia/Doral Academy Charter School), Gabriel Pineda (Miami, Fla./Immaculata-La Salle) and Andres Rivas (Caracas, Venezuela/Palmer Trinity School), and first-year Pierre Denis (Doral, Fla./Christopher Columbus) all have connections to the Miami area, while first-year Alex Matthey (Fort Myers, Fla./Estero) hails from Fort Myers, along the west coast of the state. In all, 18 players in the program since 2011 have had ties to Florida.
Last Saturday, Saint Michael's and Saint Anselm College played their inaugural Community Cup, with each squad donating $500 to Inti Academy, which serves underprivileged youths in Manchester, N.H., through soccer. The Community Cup will take place each season during the teams' non-conference meeting, with the home team choosing a local charity.