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South stars lend support to kids with cancer

South stars lend support to kids with cancer

Tuesday, 5 February 2013 7:58 AM

South Melbourne FC was delighted to once again host the soccer clinics of the Challenge Soccer Cup in Albert Park over the weekend.

The camp is designed to give kids with cancer and their brothers and sisters an opportunity to have some time-out from cancer treatment and the rigours of hospital visits through participation in a range of sports activities and workshops.

South Melbourne FC was more than happy to support this charitable cause and play a major role in trying to put a smile on the faces of these brave children.

Players that represented South on the day included Fernando De Moraes, Luke Byles, and Alan Kearney, and Joe Keenan, along with a number of the club’s Youth Development Program coaches as well. Throughout the day, South’s players and coaches conducted multiple clinics, teaching the kids a number of training and warm up drills, ball skills training, as well as playing a series of mini games, which lifted the spirits of the kids and players alike.

SMFC President Leo Athanasakis spoke with and commented on the event “congratulations to all involved at the club for volunteering their time to help out for such a worthy cause. We at South Melbourne are extremely proud to be associated with Challenge, and this kind of charity work highlights how football can make a difference and bring joy to so many people. The kids had a fantastic time on the pitch despite the difficulties and hurdles they face in dealing with cancer.”

South Melbourne FC is proud to support this wonderful cause and urges all fans to check out the Challenge website ( to learn more about what can be done to support these inspirational kids.

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