More than 2,000 youth soccer players on 120 teams will be decked out in pink this weekend to take the field to participate in games that “Unite in the Fight” against breast cancer.
The sixth annual Susan G. Komen San Diego (Komen San Diego) Kickin’ It Challenge soccer tournament brings San Diego and Southern California’s youth soccer teams together to battle breast cancer.
This two-day sporting event will take place Saturday, June 17 through Sunday, June 18 at Frances Ryan Park in Escondido at 450 Hidden Trail Rd at 8am.
The goal of the two-day soccer tournament is to have fun while making a difference for soccer moms and other San Diegans fighting breast cancer in our community.
Money is raised through registration in the tournament, and one hundred percent of the proceeds raised will benefit Susan G. Komen San Diego.
Komen San Diego continues to be the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support and is the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of the breast cancer journey.
These services include free diagnostic mammograms, life-saving screenings, temporary financial aid for living expenses, transportation, meal deliveries, education and more.
Over the last five years, Kickin’ It Challenge events have raised more than $180,000 for Komen San Diego, making it one of Komen’s largest third-party fundraisers.
The Kickin’ It Challenge is hosted by Poway Vaqueros Soccer club and its founding partner soccerloco (a premier soccer specialty retailer in America), Affinity Sports, Cal South and Sentry Storage. Event collateral, tournament software and other items are donated by adidas®, Wilson Trophy, and the Catalyst Training Center.
As part of this unique tournament, there will be a Soccer Tournament Entry auction, which awards entries to over 22 local tournaments including: Riptide Summer Classic, Carlsbad Cup, Coronado Holiday Cup, Copa Del Mar, RSF Summer Classic, and Storm Winter Cup. There will also be two Power of Pink (POP) awards. Teams winning the POP awards will be granted free entrance to the 2018 Kickin’ It Challenge.
In San Diego, six women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer and unfortunately one woman a day passes away from this disease. However we know if discovered early enough, the most common type of breast cancer has a nearly 99% survival rate. And that’s what our work at Susan G. Komen San Diego is all about.
Also, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. And much of that investment has been awarded right here in San Diego.
During these uncertain times regarding healthcare, the support Komen San Diego receives from events like the Kickin’ It Challenge are vital.
Photo Credit: Susan G. Komen San Diego