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WYSA gives back with community service project

The WYSA 06 U-17 Girls team held a ‘Shooting for a Cure’ fundraiser in October, selling pink t-shirts to raise money for patients fighting cancer at Wilson Radiation Oncology, and presented two $1,000 donations on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Pictured, front from left, are Rebeka Ochoa, Susan Guzman, the two recipients of the donations, who wished to remain anonymous, Maddie Brown and Cappa Bunn. Middle row: KJ Hill, Karys Wheeler, Eva Fatzaun, Natalie Capps and Sydney Schwartz. Back row: Valeria Zarate, Jahniyah Augustus, Darby Wallig, Kate Conoley, Bri Little and Mariah Polk. Andy McMurray | Special to the Times

The Wilson Youth Soccer Association Explosion 2006 U-17 Girls team has enjoyed plenty of support from the community of its success on the field of late, and found a way to give back with a community service project throughout the month of October. 

The players launched a fundraiser called “Shooting For a Cure” to raise money for local cancer fighters at Wilson Radiation Oncology. The Explosion raised the money by taking pink t-shirt orders throughout the early part of October. They didn’t outsource the t-shirt order, and so were able to maximize their donation. It was the largest fundraiser the team was ever able to put together. 

“WYSA is extremely proud of our 06 players for their efforts in supporting women in our community impacted by cancer,” said WYSA director Chris Mizelle. “This was not a club or coach initiative, but one spearheaded by the girls to be a helping hand to others in need. Their leadership through service is yet another great quality within this group and we believe this experience was one that helped to strengthen their bond as a team and will be one that helps them to continue evolving into empowered and impactful young women.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the Explosion presented two $1,000 donations to cancer patients at Wilson Radiation Oncology. 

“It’s so, so amazing what y’all are doing,” Nicole Perry of Wilson Radiation Oncology told the team. “Both of these ladies have faced many trials in their lives. They are strong, amazing women who deserve to be recognized for their strength. We really are so proud to be a part of it. Thank you and the girls. Please tell them that this will change their lives, truly.”