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MHS girls soccer team kicking for cancer cure
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The girls soccer team at Manteca High School wants to kick public awareness for cancer cure to new heights.

The kick-off – no pun intended – for this planned annual event called “Kicking for a Cure” will take place on Friday, Feb. 25, when the Buffalo girls soccer team will play against Hughson from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Gate admission is $5 per person which will be part of this fund-raising effort.

Manteca High girls soccer coach and social science teacher Justin Coenenberg said the soccer game is not “just a Manteca High event but a community event.”

“Kicking for Cure” is the brainchild of Coenenberg who said the game and the players will not be the only focus of attention at the game.

“We will also have a half-time ceremony honoring breast cancer survivors,” he said.

Half of all the proceeds generated will go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research.

“The other half will go towards equipment needed for the girls soccer program,” Coenenberg said.

In addition to the admission charged at the gate, there will be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction featuring a number of theme baskets, a snack bar, and hats and T-shirts for sale.

Among the items on the auction will be signed pink game balls, a team picture with the players wearing their “Kicking for a Cure” uniforms, dinner boxes for the East Union and Sierra High games – included will be a meal for five catered by De Vinci’s in a special section of the Manteca High press box – and themed boxes that run the gamut, from a Movie Night basket and a Boosters basket, to a Student Store and Game night basket.

“We are currently looking for more donations,” either monetary or gift items, Coenenberg said.

The 50/50 tickets will be a buck apiece.

Working behind the scenes for this fund-raiser, besides Coenenberg, are a group of parents and booster members as well as the players. They will be promoting and running the event, he said. Other groups will be assisting on the day of the game, including the color guard, a student who will be singing the national anthem, “and possibly the MHS band,” Coenenberg said.

Being the varsity soccer coach gave Coenenberg the idea for this type of fund-raising for a cause.

“I have seen games like this done by college programs. I thought it would be a great opportunity for the girls, who are normally very busy with school and sports and normally would not have time for community service, to raise money for an important cause,” the coach said.

For further details about the game and how to make a donation for this fund-raising event, contact Justin Coenenberg by phone at (209) 608-0652 or by e-mail