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Wall wears pink to promote cancer awareness

September 27, 2012

WALL TOWNSHIP — The Wall High School soccer programs are doing their part to fight the good fight and raise cancer awareness.

Wall boys soccer team wearing pink to raise cancer awareness

On Monday, during a boys/girls doubleheader against Neptune at Wall High School, the Crimson Knights wore pink jerseys in representation of the international color symbol for breast cancer, the most common form of cancer in women.

Having seen the girls team wear pink for the cause last season, Wall boys soccer head coach Garry Linstra decided to get together with girls head coach Jaimie Silva to work on a joint effort for this fall.

The brainstorming came to fruition on Monday night.

“Unfortunately, everyone on the team has been affected by cancer in one way or another — whether it is a parent, an aunt, an uncle, another relative,” Linstra said on Tuesday afternoon. “It affects a lot of people, and if we can help someone in some way, then that is a good thing.”

Donning pink, the Wall girls soccer team won its game, 3-0, before the boys took their game against the Fliers, 2-0.

The real victory, though, was won off the field.

Along with raising awareness, the night also raised funds to help those struggling with the disease.

A coin drop located at the main gate entrance leading to the field was available for spectators to make monetary donations, with all the proceeds raised to be donated to Mary’s Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove, a facility which provides services and a place to rest for women who are undergoing cancer treatment.

Wall senior Colleen Knier scored for the Crimson Knights on Monday in their 3-0 win against the Scarlet Fliers. Wall wore pink jerseys to raise cancer awareness. Photo by JOSEPH J. DELCONZO, STAR NEWS GROUP

Linstra and Silva decided a little competition between the boys and girls teams would help with the ultimate goal — raising as much money as possible for Mary’s Place by the Sea.

“There were two buckets — one for the boys and one for the girls,” he said. “With the doubleheader we felt it would help us raise more money.”

Linstra was proud of the success of the event and looks forward to making it an annual function for his program.

“It is something we want to keep as a tradition,” he said. “The boys are big on tradition and this one will be a great one to have moving forward. We wanted to represent the people we know who have been affected by cancer. They wore their jerseys with pride.”

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