COLLINSVILLE — The girls soccer teams at Collinsville and Gibault on Wednesday will take their best shot against cancer.
The "Kick Cancer" game begins at 6:45 p.m. at Kahok Stadium in Collinsville. All proceeds from tickets sales, concessions and donations will benefit the American Cancer Society. Fans are encouraged to show their support by wearing pink.
"We kind of call it the Pink Game. We decorate the whole stadium in pink and we'll raise money for the American Cancer Society," said Collinsville assistant coach Jodie Bales, a 1998 graduate of Collinsville who lost her father to cancer when she was in college. "We'll have prizes, raffles, auctions, stuff like that. We're just trying to get everybody to come out and support the cause."
The event began two years ago when Kahoks head coach Clay Smith and Bales took over the girls soccer program at Collinsville.
"We wanted to do something once a year for the community and the girls to take an active interest in the cause," Bales said. "We wanted to do something to give back. So we did that two years ago.
"Then last year, we didn't do the Pink Game. Instead, we did a memorial game for Joe Schallert, who was a big name in the soccer community, because his daughter played for Althoff. We did the same thing, but it wasn't a Pink Game. When we played Althoff last year, we decided to make it the Schallert Memorial game. We donated proceeds from that night to their family."
Schallert, a 1987 graduate of Collinsville who was a doctor in O'Fallon, died of brain cancer March 7, 2013.
"Everyone's been touched by (cancer) somehow," said Bales. "Anything (that's donated) would be wonderful. All Pro T's (in Caseyville) has donated pink T-shirts for the girls to wear, both on the Kahoks side and the Gibault side, which was nice. And Conway's Catering in Maryville is donating pink cupcakes for all the kids.
"So it's just kind of a fun, family event."
Gates to the event open at 4:30 p.m. The varsity contest will be preceded by the junior-varsity game at 5.
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