Soccer players pitch in

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Each year members of the Ashley Ridge girls’ and Summerville boys’ soccer programs participate in fundraising projects to show support for Gracie Rasner (front).

Athletes from two local high schools continue to support young Gracie Rasner in her fight against Cystic Fibrosis.

Last month members of the Ashley Ridge girls’ and Summerville boys’ soccer programs joined forces for a fundraising project.

A total of 30 players served as volunteers during the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon in order to raise funds for both teams and the Gracie Rose Foundation, which provides help to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and directly to youths such as Rasner who suffer from CF.

The expansive marathon course creates a tremendous demand for volunteers at key directional points and water stations. In an effort to attract enthusiastic volunteers to motivate, encourage and support runners, event organizers began offering charitable donations as an incentive. Each volunteer from a group of 10 or larger receives a $25 donation to the charity of their choice.

This marks the fifth year players from the two teams have donated money they raise to the Gracie Rose Foundation as a way of supporting Rasner.

As the daughter of Green Wave boys’ coach Jason Rasner, she frequently roams the sidelines during Summerville practices and games.

Athletes at Ashley Ridge have gotten to know Gracie during soccer camps her father and Ashley Ridge girls’ coach Mark Weaver hold annually.

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