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Special Thanks to Our 2006 Kicking For Kids Prize Donors

We couldn’t have done it without you!

Angelo’s Soccer Corner

Burger King

Caruso’s Pizza

The Castle

Crown Trophy

Dutch Apple

Fulton Bank

Gargano’s Pizza

Hot Z Pizza

Landis Valley Museum

Laserdome

Leisure Lanes

Red Rose Indoor Arena

Regency SportsRink

Ruffino’s Pizza

Two Cousins Pizza

 
 

   

Kicking for Kids 2006 was a huge success!

HSC's annual event to raise money for Special Olympics

The Hempfield Soccer Club recently presented a $17,000 check to Special Olympics of Lancaster County, bringing the total funds raised by the club’s Kicking For Kids event to $253,000.  On left:  Kicking For Kids coordinator, Dave Lewandowski, and top fund raisers, Carter Groff and Drew Nyguist.  On right: Special Olympics athlete, Emily Hartman, and fund raising coordinator, Bud Heinley

Kicking For Kids Surpasses Quarter of a Million Dollars in Total Funds Raised

 Event Has Raised $253,000 in Its 13-Year History, All of Which Goes to Special Olympics of Lancaster County

A quarter of a million dollars!!!

          That’s the milestone Kicking For Kids, the fund raiser conducted by the Club for the benefit of Special Olympics of Lancaster County, surpassed this year.

              The 2006 event, which was held in October, raised over $17,000, bringing the total to $253,000 over the 13-year history of the event.  All of the funds raised go directly to Special Olympics.  None have ever gone to the Club. 

              Nearly 500 Hempfield players participated in the 2006 event.  The top fund raisers were Carter Groff in the Under-8 Division and Drew Nyguist in the Over-8 Division.

             Team awards, which are based on a combination of funds raised and player participation, went to coach Mike O’Hearn’s Under-12 travel team in the Girls Division, coach Dave Hess’s Under-12 intramural team in the Boys Division and coach Dave German’s 2nd Grade girls team in the Under-8 Division.

Unique Fund Raiser Established in 1994

              The Club began Kicking For Kids in 1994 as a means of giving something back to the community in which our players live. 

              “When we began the event, neither we nor Special Olympics had any idea how long it would last or how successful it would be,” states Dave Lewandowski, the event’s creator and coordinator.  “Well, thirteen years and a quarter of a million dollars later, I suppose we can now look back and say we had nothing to worry about!”

            It’s also important to note that Kicking For Kids is not a county-wide event. 

            This makes the $253,000 total even more outstanding because all of the funds have been raised in Hempfield by Hempfield players. 

             As a result, all the players, parents and coaches who participated in the event over the years should be quite proud of the effort they have put forth so that the mentally handicapped athletes of our county can enjoy sports such as soccer.

Funds Benefit All Special Olympics Activities

             Bob Lopez, Special Olympics of Lancaster County’s manager, agrees.  He explains that the funds raised by the event are used to pay the costs of expenses such as equipment, uniforms, facility rental and transportation not only for the soccer program, but also for many of the other programs that the organization provides. 

“Over the years, Kicking For Kids funds have enabled us to greatly expand activities for our athletes,” he states.  “Based on benefits like these, you can see why we’re so grateful to the Hempfield Soccer Club for creating Kicking For Kids.  The club is doing something very special for some very special people.”

              The Hempfield Soccer Club was named the Outstanding Sports Organization in the state by Special Olympics of Pennsylvania in 1994 for its efforts on behalf of mentally disabled athletes.

     Top Teams (Fund Raising)

Age Group 
Coach Amount

U-12 Girls Travel

Mike O’Hearn

$1,067

U-13 Girls Travel

Charlie Lowe

  $642

U-10 Boys Intramural

Luigi Gutierrez

  $602

U-12 Boys Intramural

Dave Hess

  $596

U-10 Boys Intramural

Doug Shelly

  $566

2nd Grade Girls

Dave German

  $448

Kindergarten Boys

Chris DePatto

  $445

U-12 Girls Intramural

Al Basciano

  $435

U-10 Girls Intramural

Rob Ramsey

  $433

Kindergarten Boys

Doug Shelly

  $425

2nd Grade Boys

Tyler Ashley

  $420

U-12 Boys Intramural

Sid Frey

  $418

U-12 Boys Intramural

John Grosh

  $407

Kindergarten Girls

Mike Glinsky

  $393

1st Grade Boys

Mark Lutz

  $385

U-10 Girls Intramural

John Fix

  $380

U-14 Girls Intramural

Gary Weaver

  $370

U-10 Boys Intramural

Jon Green

  $365

U-10 Boys Intramural

Kevin Long

  $345

1st Grade Boys

Bill Paul

  $340

1st Grade Boys

Darren Moffatt

  $339

Top Shooters

Kindergarten Boys
Kindergarten Girls
Under 10 Girls
Under 10 Boys
1st - Bobby Griffith 1st – Allee Glinsky 1st – Marissa Maney 1st – Duncan McMurtrie
2nd - Logan Ackerman 2nd–Hope Schoelkopf 2nd – Shannon Putt 2nd – Danny Miklos
3rd - Curtis Johnson 3rd – Alyssa Gross 3rd – Erin Clarkin 3rd – Tim Ratchford
    3rd – Mariah Cadzow  
1st Grade Boys
1st Grade Girls
Under 12 Girls
Under 12 Boys
1st - Christopher Weigle 1st –  Paige Miller 1st –  Kelsey Nolan 1st – Ben Groff
2nd – Mark Himmelsbach 2nd – Sidney Burkhart 2nd – Kelley Weimer 2nd – Brandon Kennedy
3rd –  Connor Engle 3rd –  Rachel Magalon 3rd –  Jocelyn Rutter 3rd – Colton Frey
      3rd – Jared Shepler
2nd Grade Boys
2nd Grade Girls
Under 14 Girls
Thank you to all participants for your fundraising efforts!
1st - Connor Redcay 1st –  Brianna Byler 1st –  Faith Lowe
2nd –  Luke Early 2nd–Courtney German 2nd – Rachel Cox
3rd –  Matt Miezkalski 3rd –  Taylor Papolis 3rd – Ashley Mackey

 

Top Players (Fund Raising)

Age Group 
Player 
Amount

U-10 Boys Intramural

Drew Nyguist

  $392

Kindergarten Boys

Carter Groff

  $280

U-12 Girls Intramural

Corrie Mellinger

  $260

2nd Grade Girls

McKenna Zerbe

  $260

U-12 Girls Travel

Sarah Thompson

  $256

U-12 Boys Intramural

William Fountain

  $255

1st Grade Boys

Adrian Eschenwald

  $250

U-12 Girls Travel

Kirsten Gochnauer

  $240

2nd Grade Boys

Andrew Ashley

  $225

U-12 Girls Travel

Jocelyn Rutter

  $220

Kindergarten Boys

Bobby Griffith

  $219

U-10 Boys Intramural

Zach Groff

  $216

2nd Grade Girls

Allyson Letavic

  $215

U-10 Boys Intramural

Derek Adams

  $215

U-9 Girls Travel

Joy Hielman

  $215

U-12 Boys Intramural

Drew Hieges

  $205

U-10 Girls Intramural

Kendall Lenhart

  $205

Kindergarten Girls

Julia Leisure

  $204

U-14 Girls Intramural

Ashley Mackey

  $200

1st Grade Boys

Mark Lutz Jr.

  $200

Kindergarten Boys

Austin Santiago

  $200

 

Kicking for Kids 2005

(December 19, 2005) Top fund raisers, Renee Vance of East Petersburg and Tyler Jackson of Landisville, display the $18,000 check that was recently presented to Special Olympics of Lancaster County as a Christmas present from the Hempfield Soccer Club.  The funds were raised as a result of the club’s 12th Annual Kicking For Kids Weekend.