Enfield High School girls’ soccer ‘Plays for the Cure’
By Kathryn Elliott - Reminder News
Enfield - posted Wed., Oct. 26, 2011
The Enfield High School girls’ soccer team flooded Carl S. Angelica field in a sea of pink on Oct. 25 for the second annual “Play for the Cure” game, taking on division rival SMSA.
“Last season, the girls wanted to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said coach Todd Zenczak. “They brought the idea of wearing pink jerseys during a few games and I was behind it 100 percent. This year’s captains did a great job organizing the entire event.”
Patience Bearse, Amanda Leonardo and Kendell Martin took their captain roles seriously, orchestrating the event to benefit the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
“We wanted to do something to recognize it [Breast Cancer Awareness Month],” Bearse said. “We ordered special pink jerseys and had a team bonding night where we decorated them. It was a great night, watching ‘Mean Girls’ and laughing the whole time.”
The team goalie, Martin, commented on how the tradition began. “Last year we heard about the ‘Play for the Cure’ and knew we wanted to get involved,” she said. “We all know someone affected by cancer, even coach. When we asked him about organizing the game, he thought it was fantastic and encouraged us to get involved.”
“Our moms – Wendy Leonardo and Erin Martin – make chocolate lollipops to sell at the games,” Leonardo said. “They are very supportive and do a lot to help us get organized.” The lollipops and other assorted handmade candies are shaped in the image of the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons and sell throughout October at EHS.
"Last year, between the lollipops and the girls’ fundraising efforts, we raised a few hundred dollars,” Wendy Leonardo said. “I’m hoping we can top that this year.”
After finishing the 2010 season at 9-7-1, Enfield currently stands at 9-3-2. Zenczak commented on the remaining season. “With three games left and two against some powerhouses [Avon and Suffield] we hope to enter the Class M tourney with confidence and momentum,” he said.
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