Mount St. Joseph Academy soccer team did its part to battle cancer in all forms last Monday afternoon. The Magic hosted a fundraiser game benefiting Red Card Cancer, a soccer-oriented effort that was launched in upstate Pennsylvania and has now gone international.
For the game, the Mount wore special Red Card Cancer T-shirts (purchased by the players as part of the fundraiser) with their regular uniform numbers printed on back.
Non-numbered T-shirts were sold to spectators and supporters, general donations were accepted, and the proceeds of the concession stand went to the organization, which is affiliated with the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Charlotte Sands and Kristin Lucas, close friends and Mount St. Joe juniors, brought the effort to the local school. Sands is the starting goalie for the Magic, while Lucas left the soccer squad after her freshman year to focus on basketball. Lucas explained that her father is a good friend of Paul Payne, the Bloomsburg University men’s soccer coach who founded Red Card Cancer.
“I have two older brothers who went to La Salle [High School; Billy ’13 and Matthew ‘14], and there was a Red Card Cancer event there last year,” Lucas related. “I wanted to see it come to the Mount, and everyone’s been very supportive.”