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South Point soccer league to help cancer research

SOUTH POINT — It’s a tournament with a mission. This weekend will be the South Point Youth Soccer League’s second annual ‘Kickin for a Cure.’

The proceeds will go to breast cancer awareness and research. It all started from the suggestion of a mother of a player who was a breast cancer survivor.

“She came up with the idea of a fund-raiser for breast cancer research,” said Chris Smith, volunteer with the league. “There were so many players who were related to somebody who was a cancer survivor. It was a good way to teach the kids how to give back to the community.”

The event kicks off with Family Fun Night on Friday at the old South Point High School gym from 5:30 to 10 p.m. There will be live bands, inflatables, a climbing wall and dunking booth.

“Anyone involved with the tournament and in the community is invited,” Smith said.

T-shirts will be sold with 100 percent of the profits going to breast cancer research. A raffle will also be held for an iPod Touch and a Nintendo DSi. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. League members are selling the tickets. The prizes will be given away Sunday at 2 p.m.

Then on Saturday and Sunday begins the actual tournament at the South Point Little League Field on County Road 1. Teams will be grouped from under 8; under 10; under 12 and under 15 years of age.

Right now there are 25 teams entered with the first match starting on Saturday at 9 a.m. Sunday’s games start at 12:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in entering a team can contact Smith at (740) 646-3842.