On April 17, 2015, UMBC Men's Soccer hosted its Third Annual "Kicks for Chase" soccer game at Retriever Soccer Park. The game featured the UMBC Retrievers men's soccer team, who reached the College Cup in the 2014 season, against the Villanova Wildcats. This successful event raised over $2,500 for The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR).
Kicks for Chase began in 2013 in memory of Chase Bugarin. Chase, son of UMBC soccer standout Bryan Bugarin and his wife Amy, was born with Down Syndrome and severe complications. In his honor, UMBC began Kicks for Chase to raise money for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year, attendees had the opportunity to win a UMBC Final Four season t-shirt, purchase a commemorative Under Armour game t-shirt, and enjoyed discounted concessions. All money raised went to The Arc NCR's programs to support individuals with differing abilities.
"I was extremely impressed by the high level of engagement between the soccer players and the individuals we support," says The Arc NCR's Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Drumheller. "We brought a big crowd to watch the game, and it meant the world to them to receive this kind of community interaction. You can tell UMBC truly cares."
A week later, UMBC capped its spring season by taking on the alumni in the traditional Alumni Game. That evening, over 40 alumni returned for "The Game", pitting the alumni versus the varsity. Despite the best efforts of the legends, the current squad managed to prevail.
The Third Annual UMBC Soccer Golf Championship took place on May 8th at the Woodlands Golf Course in suburban Baltimore. The championship, organized by UMBC alumni, raises money for the men's soccer program. Special thanks goes out to former players Marcus Gross ('05) and Andy Marchica ('05) for organizing another successful event!
Note: The UMBC Office of Athletic Communications, with a big assist from the Retriever coaching staff, is bolstering the program's Record Book section for the 2015 online guide. There will be several new features and sections added, however, there are some gaps in the archives, so if former Retrievers (or Retriever fans) see omissions, errors, etc., which can be documented, please contact Steve Levy. The assistance and support is always welcomed.