By Theresa Ross
The Men’s Soccer team was recently awarded a $5880 check, for participating in the program Drive 4 UR School, at their August 25 home opener against Brother Rice.
Through a parent contact, the Dean Sellers Ford dealership was able to sponsor the team and program.
“It was an inventive and creative fundraiser,” senior captain Mitch Cin said. “It was well run, which allowed us to reach our desired fund goal.”
The fundraiser was considered a huge success by both coach Ian Whitelaw and members of the team.
“It turned out really well,” senior captain Connor Moss said. “It definitely paid off.”
On May 10, 120 players and parents volunteered their time along with Dean Seller’s representatives to offer test drives to the community. Multiple Ford cars were available to drive, and over 300 people took the opportunity to test drive a car.
“It was very exciting to have so many people participate in the fundraiser,” senior captain Zach Strong said.
According to Whitelaw, his favorite part of the event was the community and team coming together.
“The most fulfilling part of this event was the community involvement and generous support from a local business, Dean Sellers Ford, and friends and families of Seaholm Soccer,“ fundraising chair Pamela Cin said.
Along with each test drive came a donation for the Seaholm Soccer Boosters Club. According to Pamela Cin, the funds will be used to enhance the players’ experience on the field through providing necessary equipment.
“We are currently saving and considering the purchase of seating covers for the players at Maple Field,” Whitelaw said.
Captains Moss, Strong, and Cin were responsible for set up and running the event by directing traffic. Members of the team showed up for the fundraiser and secured people to participate in the test drive.
“Not only did we raise over $5000, but it was also a great team bonding experience,” Strong said.
Off the field, the team has a 1-2-2 record, after a win against Royal Oak on Thursday, September 4. Previous ties had come from Groves and Brother Rice, with the losses coming from North Farmington and Bloomfield Hills.
The team hopes to improve throughout the season, according to Whitelaw.
“We have a lot of seniors who are deep in talent,” Whitelaw said. “ We have extremely strong JV and freshman teams pushing our varsity players every day.”
According to Moss, the team is hoping for a league championship, and possible district win.
“The fundraiser was a great start to the season,” junior Len Ciemniecki said. “ It helped us both as a team and financially.”