By Scott Kindberg
LAKEWOOD - As of Sunday morning, the SC United Under-12 soccer team had won its first two games of the season, a fact that pleased Coach Anthony Charles.
The SC United Under-12 girls soccer team participated in the Great Strides walk, which is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest fundraising event, on Sunday in Lakewood. From the left are Gillian Mead, Coach Anthony Charles, Giovana Calamunci, Alicia Rensel, Ashley Lundmark, Christina Peppy, Gioconda Calamunci and team mother Kristie Peppy.
P-J photo by Scott Kindberg
''I'm considering this year is going to be our year to bring the cup home,'' he said with a smile.
What made him even happier, however, was the girls' willingness ''to take a little bit of time out of their day to help someone else.''
That came in the form of participating in the annual Great Strides walk, which is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest fundraising event, with 600 walks taking place across the country this year. Sponsored by Property Property Group LLC in Jamestown, the girls joined a host of area residents who came together to raise money in an effort to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease that primarily affects the lungs.
''I have to say it really warms my heart to see the kids show up,'' said Kathie Pisarcik of Sinclairville, a volunteer for the last 14 years. ''Adults understand it, but it's great to see the kids taking the time, especially on a nice, sunny day.''
Members of the team include Gillian Mead, Giovana Calamunci, Alicia Rensel, Ashley Lundmark, Christina Peppy and Gioconda Calamunci. Kristie Peppy is the team mother.
''I hear you're here to make my team look good,'' Charles said to a reporter.
Actually, the girls needed no help in that department. Their actions Sunday morning spoke volumes.