CLARKS SUMMIT — The Abington Heights and Honesdale boys soccer teams joined together to raise $800 toward cancer research as part of the Comets annual Red Card Cancer Game.
The tradition was started by former Abington Heights head coach Steve Klingman in 2009 and first-year coach Frank Dyska picked up where he left off.
“When I met with Steve, this was one of the things we talked about,” Dyska said. “I know the team has been doing it and I was more than happy to continue it. I was also very happy that Honesdale was willing to participate with us this year. It made it a better event all around.”
Each year, two Abington Heights players organize a T-shirt sale. This season, Liam Neary and Trevor Gabura led the charge.
Honesdale head coach Geoff Fowler reached out to Abington Heights about participating in the event after Hornets senior Derek Kirk’s mother, Barbara, passed away from this disease this year.
“Once you think about it and realize how much money we’re donating, it’s definitely rewarding,” Neary said. “Cancer affects a lot of family members, friends and associates in all of our lives. I think it’s extremely special that we’re doing it against this team and somebody who unfortunately lost a parent.”
According to Gabura, the support from community businesses and the Honesdale team helped make the fundraiser a success.
“Soccer Plus owner E.T. Hunter helped us out a lot with ordering the shirts and with Honesdale’s help, we were able to make this a much bigger event than it has been in the past,” he said.
Gabura added helping out someone who has been personally affected by the disease put the sporting event in perspective.
“It shows that some things are bigger than just soccer,” he said
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