Team Also Partnering with the Graeme Preston Foundation for Life
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West Windsor, N.J. (Thursday, May 21, 2009) – The New Jersey Wildcats formally announced today that they will attempt to set the state record for most people juggling a soccer ball at one time during halftime of their June 12th hosting of the Western Mass Lady Pioneers. The club also made public today that they are partnering with the Graeme Preston Foundation for Life (GPFL), and half of the proceeds from ticket sales on June 12th will go to the GPFL.
“I am extremely excited about setting the New Jersey juggling record!” Wildcats President Kevin McDermott exclaimed. “Something of this magnitude has not been done in New Jersey before. More importantly, I am thrilled about the excitement it is causing in the soccer community, and moreover, a portion of the money we raise will go to the Graeme Preston Foundation for Life! Go New Jersey, let’s do it! We will set the New Jersey record and are striving to maybe one day set a new world record.”
At the current time, there is no known record in the state of New Jersey for most people juggling a soccer ball at one time, so all participants would be taking part in a historical event. All Wildcat home games are played at Mercer County Community College, and this Friday night match is slated for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Everyone that wants to partake in the halftime juggling event is asked to bring their own soccer ball, and more information on the record attempt can be acquired by calling the Wildcats office at 973-963-9769 or emailing NJWCjugglingrec@aol.com. Tickets are $10 at the gate or $8 beforehand, and teams of 10 or more players can purchase tickets for this historical evening for $5. Tailgating for the game will also begin an hour before kickoff at 6:00 p.m. Earlier this W-League season, the Pali Blues Soccer Club took a shot at the world record of 652 jugglers, but they came up just short.
Half of the money raised on June 12th will go to benefit the Graeme Preston Foundation for Life. The GPFL was established to honor the memory of Graeme Preston, who unfortunately passed away at the age of 12-years old on March 3, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Sam Areman, Assistant General Manager of the Wildcats, is related to the Preston family, so this partnership is something that is very close to her.
"The New Jersey Wildcats are honored to pair with the Graeme Preston Foundation for Life for our second home game,” Areman said. “Together, we can help spread Graeme's message of generosity, kindness, and helping people in time of need. As a member of both organizations, I personally can't wait to see the community come out and support one of Graeme's greatest passions."
The GPFL was founded by Graeme’s family in 2008, and they offer scholarships in addition to helping local families that have suffered an unexpected loss or hardship as they did.
Another of the ways that young Graeme is remembered is through an annual soccer marathon, the first of which occurred last year and was arranged by a young classmate of his, Mia O’Brien. While the 16-year-old O’Brien may be young in years, she has a vision and drive that far exceeds her years. She is currently a top travel goalkeeper in her age group, as well as being a top prospect for her high school varsity squad. She recalls Graeme, the son of her soccer coach, as being a “true soccer player- determined to win, but also humble enough to lose.”
Seeking a way to honor the life of Graeme Preston, Mia developed the marathon concept as her Girl Scout Silver Award Project, which is the second highest honor for Girl Scouts. The soccer marathon is a “sunrise-to-sunset” event that is non-competitive and played on the short-side of the soccer field with teams composed of seven field players and a goalkeeper. Juggling contests, penalty kick shootouts and other raffles also highlight this day of remembrance. The second marathon has been scheduled for August 8th. For more information regarding the Graeme Preston Foundation for Life, visit the official website at http://www.graemeprestonfoundation.org/.
The Wildcats will play their next three contests on the road before their home opener on Sunday, June 7th, when they host the Boston Renegades at 4:00 p.m. For all of the latest information on the Wildcats, visit them on the web at www.njwildcats.com.