Catholics vs. Cancer Features Historic Rivalry

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There is no greater high school soccer rivalry in Michigan than the one that exists between Warren De La Salle and Birmingham Brother Rice. The Catholic League rivalry is packed with history and tradition, mixed with a little animosity between two schools that don’t hide their feelings toward each other.

Now the two adversaries are putting differences aside to help stomp out pediatric cancer.

De La Salle and Brother Rice will play four soccer games in the inaugural Catholics vs. Cancer Soccer Showdown on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Pontiac’s Ultimate Soccer Arenas. All proceeds will go to the Block Out Cancer campaign at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

The charity soccer event is the brainchild of Pilots coach Thaier Mukhtar, whose wife is a cancer survivor. “An individual doesn’t get cancer, a family does,” the Pilots’ legendary coach said. “Keep your faith for nothing is impossible with God.”

The charity event, which organizers hope raises more than $3,000 for the Block Out Cancer campaign, will feature two prep games and two friendly alumni exhibitions.
 
The day kicks off with the junior varsity match at 10 a.m., followed by the first friendly, featuring senior alumni 30 years and older. Many of these former student athletes remain fierce rivals from the 2000 and 2005 seasons when De La Salle and Brother Rice met in the Division 1 state title matches.

The second exhibition, showcasing alumni between 21 and 29 years old, is set for 12:30 p.m. That will be followed by the Pilots-Warriors varsity contest at 1:30 p.m.

Admission is $5.

The De La Salle and Brother Rice communities welcome donations through the
Catholics vs. Cancer Soccer Showdown CrowdRise page. Every dollar raised will be donated directly to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and be used to benefit the children through their support of pediatric cancer research. 

For more information about research and clinical trials available at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital please contact our Cancer Answer Line at 1-800-865-1125.

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WHAT: Inaugural Catholics vs. Cancer Soccer Showdown featuring interscholastic and alumni charity games between Warren De La Salle and Birmingham Brother Rice.
WHERE: Ultimate Soccer Arenas, 867 South Boulevard East, Pontiac, MI 48341
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2018

  • JV, 10 a.m.
  • Over-30 Alumni 11:30 a.m.
  • Under-30 Alumni, 12:30 p.m.
  • Varsity, 1:30 p.m.

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