While the Clarkstown High School South Youth Against Cancer held its third Pink Day on Friday, the girls varsity soccer team also planned on having a fundraiser that same day.
The Vikings were going to have a Pink Game Friday at home against East Ramapo, but it was canceled due to rain. It will be made up Saturday during South’s home game against John Jay East Fishkill at 3 p.m.
“We first started talking about it around the first game of the season,” said South Head Coach Tom Rolston. “We knew we wanted to do it in October and then it was just figuring out when to do it. Our goalie and captain Laura Castaldo really was big in organizing the event.”
The team will ask for a $3 donation at the door and sell raffle tickets for 11 prizes. The team, coaches and parents all worked to get prizes to raffle off.
“Everything was finalized just this week,” Rolston said. “We were all working hard to get everything finalized.”
The prizes include gift cards to local businesses, a six-month membership to Vision Fitness and a soccer ball signed by players from the New York Red Bulls.
“There’s a lot of good things coming out of the community,” Rolston said.
The team opted to move the game up a day to make sure it coincided with Youth Against Cancer’s Pink Day.
“We decided to do it on the same day because we thought we’d get more people to come out,” Rolston said. “Plus, everyone would already be wearing pink, so we thought we’d have a big crowd come out and show support. Unfortunately it rained.”
The money raised will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Rolston said they might continue the event to their home game on Monday afternoon as well.
“We want to keep this going and make it bigger and better in years to come,” Rolston said. “I think it’s great for girls to be a part of their community for all the benefits they’ve received over the years. It’s nice of them to be able to do something and give back.”