COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College and Saint Anselm College men's soccer teams play their second annual Community Cup match on Wednesday, as each will donate money to charity through the event. The Northeast-10 Conference counterparts meet in a non-league game at Duffy Field at 3:30 p.m.
With the contest in Colchester, Saint Michael's has chosen to benefit the nearby Winooski School District, as the teams will support pre-kindergarten to high school students' day-to-day needs, important seasonal items and athletic equipment. Both programs will donate $500 in support of the school children while raising awareness of the need in hopes that fans and friends will join the effort. Visit wsdschools.org for more information.
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 Manchester, N.H., on Sept. 19 at 4 p.m.
Last year, Saint Anselm selected Inti Soccer Academy of Manchester, N.H., as the teams' charity. Inti serves the underprivileged youth of Manchester through the sport of soccer.