Soccer Warm Up Benefits Local American Red Cross

Soccer “warmup” benefits local American Red Cross

The Fourth Annual American Red Cross Warmup this weekend, Aug. 25-26, features more than 800 youth players gearing up for their seasons.

Held each year at Optimist Park in Weddington, the event raised $10,000 last year for Red Cross disaster relief. Each year, the local American Red Cross responds to more than 600 disasters such as home fires and floods.

More than 70 teams will participate in the warmup, which is presented by the Wesley Chapel-Weddington Athletic Association (WCWAA).

“This is a great way for the players to get in some playing time before their season,” said George Sella, president of WCWAA. “We’re happy to do something for the players, and thrilled that we’re raising money to help our community as well.”

In conjunction with the warmup games, there will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department.

“Last year, we collected more than 30 units of life-saving blood,” said Sheila Crunkleton, community chapter executive of the local Red Cross. “This event truly gives back to people in our community.”

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please join our blog.