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Premier Sports Campus Supports The V Foundation

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Premier Sports Campus and the Clearwater Chargers are pleased to announce their support of The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Partial proceeds from three upcoming soccer tournaments will go towards fighting pediatric cancer.
The three tournaments will be the Nike Cup over Labor Day weekend, the Clearwater Chargers’ Thanksgiving tournament at Lakewood Ranch and the Memorial Day festival.
“These three tournaments should attract thousands of people to the Premier Sports Campus,” said Rob O’Nan, president of the Clearwater Chargers – the host soccer club at the campus. “We really wanted to do something to give back to the community with these events. The V Foundation not only funds cancer research nationwide, but has also funded pediatric cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.”
The Chargers will contribute $15 per team for the first 200 registrants; $20 per team for teams 201 through250;$25 for teams 251 through 300; and $30 for teams 301 and beyond. In addition, 100 percent of all donations collected at an information booth on display at each event will go to the foundation. The V Foundation has one of Lakewood Ranch’s most famous residents on its board of directors.
"I am so excited that Lakewood Ranch will be the home of so many future stars in the world of soccer,” said ESPN commentator and Lakewood Ranch resident Dick Vitale, “but, even more importantly, everyone involved in these tournaments will be true champions as they will all be on our team as we battle cancer. Their efforts and contributions will help us to fulfill our dream of raising $1 million at my annual Dick Vitale Gala for research of pediatric cancer. Congratulations to all participants as they could not have selected a better tournament site than Lakewood Ranch. I look forward to meeting many of the competitors, as they can always find me at the Broken Egg Restaurant in Lakewood Ranch.”
Tournaments at the sports campus are free and open to the public. “We invite the entire community to come out and enjoy some great soccer playing and learn about a great cause at the same time,” said Tim Mulqueen, Lakewood Ranch’s director of sports. “We could not be more pleased about this new relationship with The V Foundation and hope to expand and grow that relationship as the campus grows.”
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $100 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by the Foundation's endowment. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

“On behalf of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, I want to thank everyone involved and you are all ‘Awesome Baby with a Capital A!'" said Vitale.

The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch is a multi-purpose facility that is home to 22 full-sized, mixed use fields for soccer, lacrosse and other amateur sports, and features Celebration grass and underground irrigation. The complex is used for amateur and professional top-flight and world-class sporting tournaments, events, camps and clinics and is located in Lakewood Ranch-- the 8,500-acre award winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. www.lakewoodranch.com

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