[Aberdeen, MD] April 7, 2016 – Get ready for some futbol! You won't want to miss the Fourth Annual "Kicks for Chase" game on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. UMBC will host George Mason University in a one-of-a-kind soccer match at Retriever Soccer Park. The game features the UMBC Retrievers men's soccer team, who made the NCAA College Cup national semifinals in the 2014 season, against the George Mason Patriots. The game is a fundraiser for The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region (The Arc NCR). Admission to the "Kicks for Chase" game is free, with donations being accepted.
Words cannot describe the pain of losing a child. 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 memory, and to benefit kids like Chase with Down Syndrome, UMBC Men's Soccer began "Kicks for Chase" to raise money for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
"I am very thankful and appreciative for what the UMBC Men's Soccer program has done, and continues to do with their annual Kicks for Chase game, which helps brings awareness to Downs Syndrome and benefits The Arc NCR. This is the fourth consecutive year that the team has hosted the charity game and they always bring in top notch competition. I am proud to be an alum of such a great soccer program!" says Bryan Bugarin.
T-shirts from EmbroidMe Catonsville and refreshments from Papa Johns and Chartwell's Dining Services will be available for sale at the game. All money raised will go to The Arc NCR's programs to support individuals with differing abilities. Additional sponsors include Northwestern Mutual and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
You can help contribute to Chase's cause. Your donation will benefit The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, a nonprofit helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can donate online through Crowdrise.com, and pre-order a commemorative game t-shirt at www.arcncr.org, or mail a check to "The Arc NCR, 4513 Philadelphia Road, Aberdeen, MD 21001." Be sure to note "Kicks for Chase" with your donation.
About The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region: About The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region: For sixty-three years, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region has empowered people with differing abilities to live, work and play in our community by providing support services and advocacy to adults and children and their families in Harford and Cecil Counties. For more information, call 410-836-7177 or visit www.arcncr.org.
About UMBC Athletics: More than 400 student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division I sports. The UMBC Retrievers participate in the America East Conference. Facilities include a 4,500-seat stadium and track and field complex, the 4,000-seat Retriever Activities Center (RAC) Arena, an indoor and outdoor aquatics complex, tennis courts, a soccer stadium, baseball and softball fields and practice fields. UMBC's mascot is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and their spirit colors are black and gold. For more information, call 410-455-2197 or visit www.umbcretrievers.com.