Soccer marathon to fight cancer

Soccer players want to help kick cancer with a marathon game in early May. Amanda Hoffman, an organizer for the Dierk Rambali soccer marathon on May 3, said participants are needed to play and help raise donations.

Soccer players want to help kick cancer with a marathon game in early May.

Amanda Hoffman, an organizer for the Dierk Rambali soccer marathon on May 3, said participants are needed to play and help raise donations.

Rambali, 41, died recently following a short bout with cancer. He was a soccer coach, player and referee.

The game will be played at the Collicutt Centre from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hoffman said organizers hope to get 360 players to play for an hour each unless they wish to pledge and play for additional time slots.

She said the need a maximum of 15 players per team for every hour with a minimum of eight players.

The registration fee of $20 will be waived if an individual raises more than $100.

Early registration allows players to select available playing times. The early deadline is April 20. After that, play times will be determined based on holes in the schedule, Hoffman said.

Players can sign up as a part of team but have to register and collect pledges separately.

Hoffman said organizers hope they can turn the event into a yearly affair.

Players who raise preset amounts will receive awards of water bottles, event T-shirts, and an athletic soccer bag.

Players must be at least 12 years old and those not yet 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature.

All proceeds will be turned over to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Pledge sheets can be picked up at Eurosport Ltd., No. 4 4324 54th Ave., Red Deer.