UNM, NMSU women's soccer teams playing for a bigger cause
September 13, 2018 10:21 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Friday, the University of New Mexico women’s soccer team will square off against the New Mexico St. Aggies.
But winning isn’t the only goal. Both teams will be celebrating National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
UNM head coach Heather Dyche told KOB, “For us, it’s just using the privilege that we’ve been given as college athletes and being at the university and trying to do good for our community and give back a little bit.”
During Friday’s matchup, the Lobos will be selling $20 shirts to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico.
Anne Davis chose that organization because the money stays in the state. Her daughter, 7-year-old Emma Davis, was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2016 and finished chemotherapy this past May.
“As a parent, when you get a diagnosis that your child has cancer, your world is turned upside down,” Davis said.
She said Emma became the team’s honorary captain after several players visited her home dressed as superheroes to make Emma feel better.
“She was invited by a group at UNM that some of the soccer players were involved with to participate in superhero day and they came to our house,” she said. “They kind of bonded. Immediately, they were at our house all day.”
Both Davis and Dyche agreed that Emma helps the team as much as they help her.
David said, “I think it’s a two-way street. So with Emma, these were her first friends when she was allowed to come out of isolation after her immune system started to build itself back up.”
Dyche told KOB, “You lose a game and you go into a locker room and Emma is in there – you can’t feel bad for yourselves and I think sometimes you can get in these ruts – and anyone can – Emma is a good reminder that things are going pretty well for us if we’re out here and playing.”
In addition to selling shirts, the team has started a GoFundMe page called "Kickin' Childhood Cancer" and is asking for donations.
Their goal is $5,000.
Friday’s game starts at 7:30 at the UNM Soccer Complex.
Updated: September 13, 2018 10:21 PM
Created: September 13, 2018 08:48 PM
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