Kicking Away at Cancer

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Nearly 100 players, coaches and students representing Connetquot High School’s soccer program recently took part in the program’s annual Kicks for Cancer clinic on Oct. 14. Due to the community’s outstanding efforts, Connetquot girls soccer coach Ryan Cavanagh and his players raised $1,600 this year in the fight against cancer. 

Future soccer stars in grades kindergarten through eighth grade took part in this third annual fundraising clinic which included a soccer training session to develop essential soccer skills, such as possession, speed, agility and team tactics. 

Proceeds from this year’s clinic will be donated to the DEZY Strong Foundation. The organization was started by Matthew “Dezy” DiStefano, a Sachem Central School District assistant volleyball coach and Connetquot resident. Having been diagnosed with cancer, Mr. DiStefano decided to fight the disease and become an inspiration to others during his inspirational battle. The foundation uses its resources to help families affected by cancer who do not have insurance, and provides programs and experiences to assist with the mental side of the battle against cancer.

The district congratulates coach Cavanagh, his staff and the dedicated young ladies of the Connetquot soccer program for hosting another successful fundraiser.