Kicking Off for a Cause: UMBC vs. American University at “Kicks for Chase”

Kicking Off for a Cause: UMBC vs. American University at “Kicks for Chase”

by Sara Garbarino, April 18, 2017

 

[Aberdeen, MD]  April 5, 2017Get ready for some soccer! You won’t want to miss the Fifth Annual “Kicks for Chase” game on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. UMBC will host American University in a one-of-a-kind soccer match at Retriever Soccer Park. The game features the UMBC Retrievers men’s soccer team, who made the NCAA College Cup national semifinals in the 2014 season, against the American University Eagles. The game is a fundraiser for The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR). Admission to the “Kicks for Chase” game is free, with donations being accepted.

Words cannot describe the pain of losing a child. Kicks for Chase began in 2013 in memory of Chase Bugarin. Chase, son of UMBC soccer standout Bryan Bugarin and his wife Amy, was born with Down Syndrome and severe complications. In his memory, and to benefit kids like Chase with Down Syndrome, UMBC Men’s Soccer began “Kicks for Chase” to raise money for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“I am very thankful and appreciative for what the UMBC Men’s Soccer program has done, and continues to do with their annual Kicks for Chase game, which helps brings awareness to Downs Syndrome and benefits The Arc NCR. This is the fifth consecutive year that the team has hosted the charity game and they always bring in top notch competition. I am proud to be an alum of such a great soccer program!” says Bryan Bugarin.

T-shirts from EmbroidMe Catonsville and refreshments from Papa Johns and Chartwell’s Dining Services will be available for sale at the game. All money raised will go to The Arc NCR’s programs to support individuals with differing abilities. Additional sponsors include American University, Northwestern Mutual and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

You can help contribute to Chase’s cause. Your donation will benefit The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, a nonprofit helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can donate online and order a commemorative game t-shirt at https://arcncr.org/newsevents/kicksforchase/, or mail a check to “The Arc NCR, 4513 Philadelphia Road, Aberdeen, MD 21001.” Be sure to note “Kicks for Chase” with your donation.

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About The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region:  For sixty-four years, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region has empowered people with differing abilities to live, work and play in our community by providing support services and advocacy to adults and children and their families in Harford and Cecil Counties. For more information, call 410-836-7177 or visit www.arcncr.org.

About UMBC Athletics: More than 400 student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division I sports. The UMBC Retrievers participate in the America East Conference. Facilities include a 4,500-seat stadium and track and field complex, the 4,000-seat Retriever Activities Center (RAC) Arena, an indoor and outdoor aquatics complex, tennis courts, a soccer stadium, baseball and softball fields and practice fields. UMBC’s mascot is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and their spirit colors are black and gold. For more information, call 410-455-2197 or visit www.umbcretrievers.com.

Photo Caption: Halftime picture of UMBC Men’s Soccer Team, American University Men’s Soccer Team and The Arc NCR team members at the 2017 Kicks for Chase game.