The following is a release from the Hinsdale Central boys soccer team:
On Sunday, Sept. 16, the boys soccer team will host their annual fundraiser, KICK (Kick it in for Chicago Kids) on the Hinsdale Central tennis courts. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m and funds raised will benefit Schools Count Corp., a nonprofit organization supporting Chicago Public Schools.
Dick Flesher, a former Hinsdale Central soccer coach, originally formed Schools Count Corp. in 2005 to meet the needs of students affected by Hurricane Katrina. Since its inception, Schools Count Corp. has provided services to school children in Louisiana, Mississipi, Texas, Iowa, and Darbonne, Haiti. In 2010, Dick turned his attention to low income inner city schools in Chicago and now serves students in the Chicago Public School system.
Run primarily by the KICK team consisting of Senior Varsity soccer players Phil Gutman, Mike Krohn and Connor Oleferchik, the event is supported by the more than 80 members of the soccer program and their families. Hinsdale Central’s soccer program is headed by Coach Mike Wiggins who applauds the efforts of the players in their fundraising effort.
Sponsors include /, Wintrust Community Banks, McDonalds Corporation, Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago and Silbrico Corporation. Families in the soccer program and local businesses also support the event through entry fees and donations.
The event is a combination of soccer and tennis with players scoring goals over the tennis nets. Brackets are set up and teams of four players compete against one another for prizes and an afternoon of fun. Pizza, soft drinks and music round out the festivities.
Since 2008, the event has raised over $18,000 for Schools Count Corp. These funds were raised through player particiation fees, family donations and underwriting from local businesses. For more information on Schools Count Corporation, visit their web site at www.schoolscountcorp.org.