Original article from Indy Eleven‘s website. Indy Eleven is Indianapolis NASL Professional Soccer team.
Indy Eleven is proud to partner with Indiana Soccer, Soccer Salvation and the Central Indiana Adult Soccer Association in lending its support to organizers of the first annual “Football for Felix” event in honor of Felix Achoch, taking place on Saturday, October 5, at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium. This free community event will take place from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET and will include three exhibition soccer matches, live entertainment, a soccer equipment donation drive through Soccer Salvation and food and refreshments, with proceeds collected during the day going towards the creation of the Felix Achoch Sports Foundation. Indy Eleven will announce more details about the team’s presence at the event in the coming days.
The 21-year-old Achoch was an Ivy Tech student and talented forward slated to take part in Indy Eleven’s tryouts in late July, only to lose his life tragically days before his opportunity to shine arrived. The Felix Achoch Sports Foundation’s mission is to make his desire of achieving success on the playing field and in the classroom come true by providing scholarships for children that shared his dream. For more information on this cause and to see how you can help, visit www.felixachochsportsfoundation.org.
As part of the daylong event at Carroll Stadium, six teams will take part in three exhibition contests, with the schedule including teams for which Achoch played for and players that he both suited up alongside and against while playing in local leagues. In between games, members of the local Kenyan community will provide entertainment via musical and dance performances, while family and friends of Felix will also take opportunities to remember the young man the day will honor.
In conjunction with the event, Soccer Salvation will hold an equipment donation drive to collect new and gently-used soccer gear. Soccer Salvation is an Indiana-based non-profit organization that assists underprivileged youth by collecting donated soccer gear (cleats, balls, shin guards, sets of jerseys, shorts, socks, goalie gloves etc.) and distributes gear across the globe to individuals and teams that need assistance. To learn more, please visit www.SoccerSalvation.org.
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A Mississinewa High School group (Gas City, IN) has taken Soccer Salvation back to Honduras. The group headed by Troy Simpson went to Nicaragua on a spring break trip and were able to take over 20 balls to benefit the local Honduran children.
Mississinewa High is no stranger to SocSal as the Ole Miss soccer team has donated gear multiple times and during their annual summer soccer camp, give out SocSal Bands to every camper.
Huge thanks goes to the group for spreading the love of the game!
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Soccer Salvation has been able to aid multiple groups that have went to Haiti over the last couple years and a group from Zionsville HS (Zionsville, IN) has taken SocSal back to the country with so much love for the beautiful game. The group, headed by Dave Poindexter, took a handful of large rolling duffel bags donated from IUPUI Men’s Soccer and about 40 balls with them as the built multiple soccer fields for the local Haitians.
Dave said, “Thanks again for the large bags. They were perfect for helping us get a palette of powder baby formula into Haiti. We stuffed them all into a single for the return to the USA for use in upcoming trips. Huge, huge help! Our team was also recognized by the Haitian National team at their match vs IU at Brebuf high school on April 7th.”
Many thanks to Dave and the rest of the group for all that they did for the local Haitians and taking the love of the beautiful game with them to share!