Huskies to Help Kick Cancer at Soldier Field

GO HUSKIES The Huskies will head to Soldier Field, Sunday, to help raise money for cancer research.
The Huskies will head to Soldier Field, Sunday, to help raise money for cancer research.

April 23, 2009

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DeKalb, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's soccer team will take part in the KICKS Against Breast Cancer Collegiate Soccer Invitational Sunday, April 26. The invitational will be held at Soldier Field in Chicago showcasing talent from seven regional universities.

Athletes representing Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Marquette and DePaul are raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment through the tournament.

The invitational will begin at 8:30 a.m. with each team competing in two matches. The Huskies face Notre Dame at 11:00 a.m., then Northwestern at 2:35 p.m. This will be the second meeting between NIU and Northwestern this spring.

The goal of the invitational is to raise $100,000 to benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center along with Children's Memorial Research Center of Chicago. This goal will be achievable through student-athlete fundraising and sponsors, such as adidas. The Huskies have been selling t-shirts to raise money for the event.

"It's great to see our players taking it upon themselves to help this cause," head coach Carrie Barker said. "It's nice to see that they're going to make a difference."

The KICKS tournaments are held annually in April attracting top collegiate soccer teams from around the nation. The Huskies are looking forward to the challenge at Soldier Field's inaugural KICKS Invitational.

"We're excited to be a part of this great event. We're playing two very good teams," Barker said. "This is going to make our program stronger in many ways, including recruiting. It's going to give us experience playing the best of the best. It's just a win-win for everybody involved."

General admission tickets are $10 and grant access to the Soldier Field Fan Zone, which includes interaction with coaches, players and sponsors. Also available is a "Soccer Moms Clinic" to teach the basics of the sport and provide tips to parents, aspiring coaches and players.

For more information about the KICKS Against Breast Cancer Invitational, visit



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