Sept. 10, 2013
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada soccer team has partnered with the Great Basin Youth Soccer League and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to host a soccer match against Sacramento State Sunday afternoon at the Moana Springs Sports Complex. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. The event is free to the public. Fans are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
“The northern Nevada soccer community led by GBYSL Commissioner Richard Jay and many others, have done a great job to get more access for kids to play soccer,” head coach Dr. Melissa Price said. “We have such a great partnership with the Great Basin Youth Soccer League and the rest of the soccer community. We thought what a great way to showcase Moana Field as well as our soccer program at the University of Nevada. We are excited about the community event, where everyone can get together and rally behind Wolf Pack soccer and also help donate to a great cause in the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.”
The Great Basin Youth Soccer League has been a great supporter of Wolf Pack soccer, donating $15,000 to the program annually. Many of the GBYSL members can be seen on Nevada soccer game days, helping out the team as ball kids and coming out in large numbers to support Nevada at all home matches at Mackay Stadium.
“GBYSL and the Nevada soccer team has a great working relationship,” GBYSL Commissioner and past president Richard Jay said. “The Wolf Pack helps us with coaching education, team education, NCAA recruitment seminars and other such events. We are a financial supporter of the program and as such the team continues to improve every year. Most teams prefer to play on natural grass and we thought this would be a great community event to show off the team and the new fields. This is truly a partnership which benefits all soccer players in northern Nevada.”
The Wolf Pack will look to break the attendance record of 1,007 that was set on Sep. 23, 2012, when the team hosted Pac-12 foe Cal at Mackay Stadium. The Reno Host Lions Club will be on hand cooking hamburgers and polish dogs, with all proceeds going towards an effort to provide glasses for school kids in northern Nevada. Local area food trucks will also be available for fans. With limited bleacher seating, fans are asked to bring blankets and low back chairs to sit in the large lawn seating area.
“Every year we are always looking to increase our fan attendance,” Dr. Price said. “There will be some seating at the stadium, but we want fans to bring blankets or low back chairs and be really close to the action. We are hoping that all of our fans will join us this Sunday at 4 p.m. and support the team.”
Great Basin Youth Soccer League
The mission of the Great Basin Youth Soccer League (GBYSL) is to provide instructional, recreational and competitive youth soccer opportunities for all young athletes that enhance character, community and love of the game of soccer. Integrated in this is the building of self-esteem, self-confidence, team work, respect for self and others, and all the inherent benefits of youth sports.
Food Bank of Northern Nevada
Our mission is to end hunger in our region through direct services, advocacy, outreach and education. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides a creative link between food resources and hungry people. The Food Bank is a warehouse distribution and support system for our service programs and non-profit agencies directly serving the needy, the ill, the elderly and children in our 90,000 square mile service area. Our goal is to Make Hunger History.