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Latin Academy hosts successful breast cancer game fundraiser

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  October 26, 2012 12:52 PM

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The Latin Academy girls' soccer team went into its game against Burke Thursday with a mission to score as many goals as possible. Not for the win, but to raise money for breast cancer.

Clad in pink and playing with a pink ball, the Dragons hosted its second annual breast cancer fundraiser game and shut out the Bulldogs, 2-0. The match was supposed to be last Friday against Charlestown but was rained out.

Coach Nick Kamberidis’s goal of a big turnout was successful with at least 50 people in attendance, ranging from teachers, the Latin Academy boys' soccer team and girls JV soccer team, parents and local residents.

“We usually just get 4-5 parents to come out to our games,” Kamberidis said, “and yesterday we had 12 to 15 parents there as well as friends and family.”

Latin Academy’s JV girls soccer team ran the fundraiser by charging admission (five dollars for adults and three dollars for students or anyone wearing pink.) The girls also sold food, refreshments and crafts.

He said that most of those in attendance donated, which lead to a $400 dollar donation to the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer.

Kamberidis said the girls had been having a tough week, but really came together to support the cause.

“I told the girls before the game that the reason we are doing it is bigger than all of us,” he said.  “We all know someone that has had to battle cancer and doing this fundraiser is more important than other games. They really took the message to heart.”

Mary Pavlu covers Boston Public School athletics. She can be reached at Mary.Pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu

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