On Thursday, November 1st, Clarkstown Soccer Club held an event that allowed children of all ages to get out of their homes (most of which lost power as a result of the hurricane) and play soccer in a safe environment all while raising money for the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy through the American Red Cross. The event was organized in less than twenty-four hours.
Despite the time frame, President of Clarkstown Soccer Club, John Moran, maintained a positive outlook. He indicated, “any amount of money raised is helpful after such devastation. Even if one child comes to the event, we can offer that child the chance to play soccer in a safe environment”.
West Rock Indoor Sports & Entertainment Complex, located in Bardonia, donated the rental space for the duration of the event. With the help of the Clarkstown Soccer Club staff members who volunteered their time, the donation of space from West Rock, guidance from the American Red Cross Disaster Relief and members from various regions of The Patch, Clarkstown Soccer Club was able to run a successful event. A ten-dollar donation per family was recommended to participate in the soccer program, which included former soccer professionals Kevin Grogan, of Manchester United, and Alecko Eskandarian of L.A. Galaxy, who ran clinics.
With the support of parents and their children, the soccer organization raised $880 to donate to the American Red Cross. As an added bonus, many parents were happy to have their children in a safe environment to play a game they enjoy. With over forty families in attendance and over 140 children who participated in the fundraiser, Clarkstown Soccer Club is so thankful for the success of an event that was put together on such short notice.