Bucks Co. soccer event raises money for soldiers

WARRINGTON, Pa. - August 25, 2012

The focus on the field is scoring but off the field, it's rooting for our military men and women.

Community Day for the Warrington Soccer Club took on a new meaning this year by selling food, t-shirts and hosting a 4 on 4 soccer tournament. The event was to benefit Operation Homefront.

"They always help us so we're going to give back to them," said Sophia Kane.

"Soccer for Soldiers" is a cause close to Kane's heart because her father served in the Navy.

"This is just a way for kids to get engaged and involved. It raises awareness in the community and lets them know there's a bigger cause outside of the soccer field," said Kevin Kane.

Organizers say they hope to raise between $15,000-$20,000. That money will directly serve local service men and women and their families for various uses.

"Housing assistance, car assistance, food, utilities," said Pete Stinson.

Stinson of Operation Homefront says the needs of our military men and women tripled in 2011. Locally, reservists in the National Guard are among those struggling.

"They wind up having to leave their civilian job when they're called up for deployment. It puts a strain on family and the family has to make a sacrifice, as well," said Stinson.

Difficult challenges are made a little easier for teams of families when they have a supportive community cheering them on from the sidelines.

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