Help Celebrate Preston Hirten’s Africa Work — Donate Soccer Gear At 7-v-7 Tournament

The 4th annual Preston Hirten Weekend will once again feature a 7-v-7 tournament; cookouts and other social events, and a great chance for Preston’s former teammates from Staples, the University of Mary Washington and club soccer to get together with friends and family members to celebrate his life.

This year’s Preston Hirten Weekend includes something new: a soccer equipment drive.

Organizer Matt Lamb ’07 invites all players, parents and spectators to bring new or used soccer balls, shoes, shin guards, socks, shorts, jerseys, etc., to the 7-v-7 tourney on Saturday, July 6 (11 a.m., Wakeman B).

Donations will be split between Goals 4 Ghana — the program Preston volunteered for during his trip to Africa in 2009, a few months before he died during pre-season training at UMW — and Atuabo, an African village where Taylor Parker, a college friend of Preston’s, has served with the Peace Corps for the past 2 years.

Soccer was a vital part of Preston’s life. The Preston Hirten Weekend has become a cherished Westport tradition. Thanks to Matt and Preston’s many friends, his legacy continues to help soccer players halfway around the world.

(Questions? Interested in fielding a team at the tournament? Contact matthew.c.lamb@gmail.com)

Preston's teammates and friends relax after the 2012 tournament.

Preston’s teammates and friends relax after the 2012 tournament.

One response to “Help Celebrate Preston Hirten’s Africa Work — Donate Soccer Gear At 7-v-7 Tournament

  1. Thank you for posting this Dan, we are happy to be supporting these great causes! We are looking forward to seeing so many from the Staples Soccer community on Saturday July 6th! The Hirten Family

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