The Lansing Catholic Boys JV Team finished up their season with a loss to Eastern 4-1, but overall it was a huge WIN for both teams.
In the inaugural Conor Keenan Pass Back Cup, the Lansing Catholic Family donated over one hundred pieces of soccer gear to the Lansing Eastern Soccer Program to help outfit many of their foreign refugee soccer players in need. The donations were plentiful, ranging from socks and shin guards to balls, cleats and jerseys.
While the game was very competitive, the festivities afterward were very social, with the Eastern players and coaches expressing many thanks for the generosity of the Lansing Catholic Soccer Family.
The soccer team plans to turn this into an annual event. Here is how this amazing event came to be:
As we were preparing to play Lansing Eastern a few weeks ago, the Lansing Eastern coach approached Coach Murphy, as one of his players needed shin guards for the game. Without hesitation, Conor Keenan immediately offered his to the Eastern player. With further discussion, Mr Murphy learned that many of the Lansing Eastern players do not have/cannot afford the proper soccer gear.
Coaches Murphy, Gus, Oscar and Jake offered to play a final JV scrimmage, where the Lansing Catholic soccer family (boy & girl soccer players) could donate gently used and/or new soccer equipment to the soccer-playing refugees in the Lansing Eastern community. Coach Murphy is coining this new event the the Conor Keenan “Pass Back Cup”.
A special thanks to Coach Oscar and varsity player Jack Scrimger who volunteered to referee the match.
Submitted by Joe Gonzalez