Wildcats and City Streets Cafe Partner

City Streets Café Named Official Restaurant of Wildcats

West Windsor, N.J. (Wednesday, June 10, 2009) – The New Jersey Wildcats are pleased to announce today a formal partnership with City Streets Café in East Windsor. Located a short distance from the home field of the Wildcats at Mercer County Community College, City Streets Café will serve as the official restaurant of the team for the 2009 W-League season.

“On behalf of the Wildcats, I cannot express how happy we are to establish this partnership with City Streets Café,” Wildcats President Kevin McDermott stated. “They have an great menu there with a wide variety of options, and their atmosphere guarantees a good time for our team, staff and fans.”

The menu at City Streets Café ranges from Mexican to Asian food all the way to Italian and contemporary American dishes. City Streets Cafe is also engulfed within the surrounding community, buying fresh ingredients from nearby grocers and farmers while also having murals in the restaurant that were painted by a local artist. The restaurant has a mahogany walk-around bar as well as areas to enjoy a meal in a comfortable setting or watch the live entertainment that they often have performing. For more information, they can be visited on the web at www.citystreetscafe.com.

After an exciting home opener this past Sunday, the Wildcats return to Mercer County Community College on Friday to host the Western Mass Lady Pioneers. This is the second meeting of the season between these two clubs, with the Wildcats taking a 2-1 road victory over Western Mass in late May. Kickoff for this contest is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Among the activities planned for this Friday night showdown include the Wildcats attempting to set the New Jersey state record for most people juggling a soccer ball at a single time. At the current moment, there is no known record in the state so all participants would be taking part in a historical event. 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, coming up just short.

All fans that attend the match on Friday will also be pleased to know that half of the money raised through ticket sales will benefit the Graeme Preston Foundation for Life. The GPFFL 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 GPFFL 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.

“The Graeme Preston Foundation for Life continues to be amazed by the support and generosity we have received from our family, friends, and community," GPFFL co-founder Patrick R. Preston stated. "As a result of this outpouring of support, we are both motivated and optimistic about being able to carry out our mission of affecting lives in a positive, caring, and compassionate manner. Graeme and his family have always been passionate about soccer, so we are absolutely thrilled to be able to partner with the Wildcats organization. We are very honored and looking forward to being involved with and supporting the Wildcats in an exciting night of soccer and fun for the whole community.”

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 age, 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, and 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/.

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