University of Delaware Men’s Soccer to Take Part in B+ College Classic
April 15, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. – This Saturday, the University of Delaware men’s soccer team will be taking part in the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation in an effort to raises funs for pediatric cancer.
The B+ Foundation honors the memory of Andrew McDonough, a 14-year-old scholar-athlete and “A” student at Salesianum High School in Wilmington, Del. McDonough, who hailed from Wilmington, Del., was hospitalized just two days after playing in four soccer games on January 27, 2007. McDonough entered cardiac arrest and was diagnosed with leukemia and sepsis.
His blood type and the family’s motto was and continues to be “B+” or Be Positive. Local and national media chronicled McDonough’s valiant journey and his web site received over one million hits in its first six months. McDonough passed away on July 14, 2007.
“Most people familiar with our program are aware that we do a great amount of work in the community with kids, but whatever amount of time that we do spend it is not near the amount that Joe McDonough does for Andrews foundation,” said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. “Joe has helped raise over $400,000 already to go toward helping families and to aid research and I can tell you as a person who worked in a cancer lab, it will be money that is much needed and will hopefully prove beneficial in our continued search to understand these cancers”
Other institutions that will play on the men’s side include the Monmouth University, the US Naval Academy, Villanova University, Temple University and Lafayette. Navy and Villanova will also be represented on the women’s side, as will the University of Maryland.
Action will take place at the Kirkwood Soccer Complex in New Castle, Del., running from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The Blue Hens open the Classic at 10 a.m. against Monmouth on field seven. Delaware will play again at 1 p.m. against Temple on field 10.
Cost is $10 for adults for an all-day pass, while children age six and under will be admitted free of charge.
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