With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many high school athletic teams, as well as college and professionals, have been honoring those who have fought the courageous fight against the wretched disease.
At Nutley High School, members of the very successful girls’ soccer team will play Park Ridge on Oct. 21 in an independent game. The Raiders will wear pink socks and raise funds for Gail’s Angels, a non-profit (501c)(3) organization dedicated to providing support to families that have a mom with breast cancer and also care for their autistic or special needs child. (For more information, check out their website at http://www.gailsangels.org).
“it’s a good thing to do for our kids,” said Nutley head coach Mike DiPiano. “I’m proud of what the girls have accomplished on the field this season, but even more mindful of our team’s commitment to help others and show respect toward so many woman who have battled breast cancer.”
On the field, Nutley took a 10-1-1 record into its game with Park Ridge. The Raiders were ranked among the state’s top 20 teams heading into this week and advanced to the Essex County Tournament semifinal round before falling to Livingston, 3-0, last Saturday evening.
The Raiders should garner a high seed in the upcoming NJSIAA Tournament.
More importantly, the team has attained a high level of success as charitable young women with hearts as big as the net which has seen more than its share of goals scored in 2013,