Throughout the Fall season SOCA’s O-40 Adult divisions competed in two separate competitions. There was the usual Sunday afternoon games in league play, and in addition the teams were competing to raise the most money for the SOCA Field House project. The friendly fundraising competition was initiated by the league members, who thought the notion of a friendly challenge would boost interest and participation. At stake was the right to name the O-40 trophy in perpetuity.
Donations were received from six of the seven teams in the fall league, totaling $22,072 by the December 1 deadline. Shadwell United lead the way with a team contribution of $8,600, and thus will have the opportunity to name the division’s trophy.
Bill Mueller, SOCA’s Executive Director, is pleased with the results. “We are grateful for all the contributions, and for the initiative shown by the O-40 players. The idea for the fundraising challenge came from Eville City FC captain Scott Greco, so a special thanks is due to Scott for his clever idea. We hope the challenge helped to raise awareness in the club and helped some of our long-time participants find a fun way to support the Field House project.”
The O-40 division includes many players who serve as coaches and referees within SOCA, as well as being parents and supporters of youth players. These key club members were identified as a uniquely positioned group, able to set an example for others in supporting the much needed Field House.
The capital campaign for the Field house is ongoing, and donations are gratefully received. Donations can be made on-line via the SOCA website, at this link, https://www.socaspot.org/members/donations.php, where personal SOCA accounts can be accessed to credit the contribution appropriately. Select the “Field Facility Fund” to support the current Field House project.