Kicks for Cancer returns Sept. 27

The Kicks for Cancer tournament will return for its eight year on Saturday, Sept. 27, with some of the state’s best high school soccer sides competing while raising money for cancer research.

An enlarged field of 16 teams (12 boys’ and 4 girls’) will participate in this year’s event held at Concord-Carlisle High School’s Doug White Fields. Since its inception, Kicks for Cancer has raised more than $130,000, including more than $33,000 during last year’s event, for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The event began in 2007, after Lois Wells, mother Concord Carlisle assistant coach Steve Wells, succumbed to cancer.

“Kicks for Cancer is a true grass roots event that began when the kids just wanted to do something for Coach Wells,” Concord-Carlisle boys’ soccer head coach Ray Pavlik wrote in a release sent to local media on Monday, “but it’s grown into an important benefit. The soccer is always great, but obviously, it’s about so much more than that.”

The schedule of game action is as follows:

11:30 a.m. - Reading vs. Woburn

11:30 a.m. – Acton-Boxborough girls vs. Bedford girls

2:00 p.m. - Lexington vs. Wakefield

2:00 p.m. - Bedford vs Boston Latin

4:30 p.m. – Lincoln-Sudbury girls vs. Concord-Carlisle girls

4:30 p.m. - Brookline vs. Newton North

7:00 p.m. – Lincoln-Sudbury boys vs. Concord-Carlisle boys

7:00 p.m. – Acton-Boxborough vs. Wayland

Admission to see all games is $5 for children and $10 for adults.

For those who are unable to attend the event, but still wish to make a donation directly to the Dana Farber Institute and the Jimmy Fund on behalf of Kicks for Cancer, please use our donation web page www.myjimmyfundevent.org/2014/kicksforcancer.