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Chester-Upland Soccer for Success Holding Raffle to Raise Funds

Enter for a chance to win 20 suite tickets to the Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City match on October 25.

The Chester-Upland Soccer for Success program is holding a raffle for a chance to win 20 suite tickets to the Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City match on October 25. Raffle tickets are one for $25 or five for $100 and can be purchased at give.widener.edu/soccerforsuccess with all proceeds going to the Chester-Upland Soccer for Success program. The deadline to purchase tickets is October 16, with the drawing scheduled for October 19.

Widener University began the Chester-Upland Soccer for Success program in 2012 with a grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation and has partnered with the Philadelphia Union, Crozer-Chester Medical Center and others to expand the reach of the program to nearly 400 children at eightdifferent sites in the Chester and Upland communities.

The after-school youth development program uses physical activity, nutrition, mentorship and family engagement to address children’s health issues. In its first three years, the program has shown very positive results, introducing 1,080 participants to the game of soccer. Two-thirds of participants have improved or maintained their body mass index and close to 75 percent of participants have improved or maintained their aerobic capacity.

According to Brent Jacquette, Widener men’s soccer coach and director of the Soccer for Success program, it costs about $250 to fund a child in the program for one season.

“The Soccer for Success program is making a difference in our community and we want to keep the momentum going,” said Jacquette. “This raffle will help us raise money to expand the program and help even more children in Chester to lead healthier lifestyles.”

For more information on the Soccer for Success program, visit http://chesteruplandsoccerforsuccess.org or contact Jacquette at 610-499-4542 or bjjacquette@widener.edu.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.

 

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