Shawn Kuykendall Memorial raises over $4,000 for Kuykenstrong

The 2015 Shawn Kuykendall Memorial Tournament and Charity Match took place August 8 at the Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Va.

The tournament featured competition in three age groups, with Evergreen FC’05, McLean Thunder Green, and SYA 03 White crowned champions in their respective brackets. At night, the adults got their turn on the pitch with over 45 players competing under the lights while raising money to support children suffering from cancer and their families.

“Shawn Kuykendall’s dream for Kuykenstrong was to unite the soccer community and help those suffering,” Kuykenstrong chairman Mike Foss said. “This tournament is the first of many future events that we hope will live up to his dream and continue Shawn’s legacy for years to come.”

The event raised over $4,000 for the Kuykenstrong Foundation. A special thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make this weekend possible.

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Kuykenstrong Silent Auction is Open: Bid now on autographed Messi, USMNT, and MLS jerseys

Bidding is now open online for the Shawn Kuykendall Memorial Silent Auction benefitting the Kuykenstrong Foundation.

The auction runs from Sunday, July 26 through Saturday August 8th at 10:00 PM ET.

Available items include:

– 2015 Argentina jersey autographed by Lionel Messi

– U.S. Men’s National Team jersey autographed by Landon Donovan

– USMNT jersey autographed by the 2015 Gold Cup team and coaches Jurgen Klinsmann and Tab Ramos

– Autographed F.C. Dallas jersey autographed by the entire 2015 roster

– Autographed Portland Timbers jersey autographed by members of the 2015 roster

– Autographed Philadelphia Union jersey autographed by the entire 2014 roster

Click here to bid now!

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Note: Winning bids will receive their items within two weeks of auction end.

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Join the Kuykenstrong Charity Soccer Match and Silent Auction, August 8th at Evergreen Sportsplex

As part of the first annual Shawn Kuykendall Memorial Tournament, the Kuykenstrong Foundation is pleased to invite you to our first silent auction and charity soccer match Saturday, August 8th, immediately following the the conclusion of the tournament’s 6:00 PM matches.

The charity match is open to players 18 years and older. Those not interested in playing can watch the match and enjoy dinner courtesy of ResQ Barbecue and bidding on a variety of items including:

Signed Argentina jersey donated by Lionel Messi

Signed U.S. Men’s National team jersey donated by USSF

Signed U.S. National Team jersey signed and donated by Landon Donovan.

Signed Portland Timbers jersey

Signed Philadelphia Union jersey

Signed San Jose Earthquakes team ball

Signed Colorado Rapids team ball

Signed Columbus Crew team ball

If you would like to play in the match, participate in the auction, or just eat a good meal with friends, register below!

7:00 PM | Evergreen Sportsplex Stadium Field | Leesburg, VA

Silent Auction and Dinner: $30 per person | Sign up here

Silent Auction, Dinner, and match participant (includes Adidas Kuykenstrong kit): $40 per player | Sign up here

If you’re interested in participating in the 2015 Shawn Kuykendall Memorial, please visit our information page: Here.

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Register your team for the 2015 Shawn Kuykendall Memorial Tournament today!

Space is filling up for the 2015 Shawn Kuykendall Memorial Soccer Tournament presented by Kuykenstrong. The event will be hosted at the Evergreen Sports Complex in Leesburg, Va. August 8-9 and is open to boys teams in four age brackets – U9, U10, U11, and U12 – from the D.C. metropolitan area.

Click here to register your team!

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon to reserve your place. Registration closes August 1.

If you would like to volunteer or participate in the charity game, please sign up by following the hyperlink below:

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The two-day event will also include a silent auction and an adult charity game. All tournament proceeds – including registration – will benefit the Kuykenstrong Foundation and pediatric cancer research.
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The mission of the Kuykenstrong Foundation is to support children suffering from pediatric cancer and their families. Partnering with the Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center and Dr. Aziza T. Shad, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Kuykenstrong provides financial support, resources, and above all friendship to families at Georgetown University Hospital.

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Registration for the 2015 Shawn Kuykendall Memorial Tournament is NOW OPEN!

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Shawn Kuykendall Memorial Soccer Tournament presented by Kuykenstrong. The event will be hosted at the Evergreen Sports Complex in Leesburg, Va. August 8-9 and is open to boys teams in four age brackets – U9, U10, U11, and U12 – from the D.C. metropolitan area.

The two-day event will also include a silent auction and an adult charity game. All tournament proceeds – including registration – will benefit the Kuykenstrong Foundation and pediatric cancer research.

Teams interested in participating in the tournament can register by clicking the registration hyperlink below:

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In addition to the youth matches during the day, the tournament weekend will also include a silent auction and an adult charity game Saturday evening.

If you would like to volunteer or participate in the charity game, please sign up by following the hyperlink below:

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The mission of the Kuykenstrong Foundation is to support children suffering from pediatric cancer and their families. Partnering with the Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center and Dr. Aziza T. Shad, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Kuykenstrong provides financial support, resources, and above all friendship to families at Georgetown University Hospital.

The Kuykenstrong Foundation’s application for 501(c)3 non-profit status is currently under review.

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Kuykenstrong announces 2015 Shawn Kuykendall memorial soccer tournament and fundraiser

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The Kuykenstrong Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural Shawn Kuykendall Memorial Soccer Tournament. The event will be hosted at the Evergreen Sports Complex in Leesburg, Va. August 8-9.

“We are excited to launch our first independent fundraiser and also celebrate Shawn’s legacy in such a fitting way,” Kuykenstrong Foundation chairman Mike Foss said. “It’s an opportunity to share the beautiful game and raise much-needed funds for the fight against pediatric cancer.”

The tournament will feature 32 teams in four age brackets – U9, U10, U11, and U12 – from the D.C. metropolitan area. The two-day event will also include a silent auction and an adult charity game. All tournament proceeds will benefit the Kuykenstrong Foundation and pediatric cancer research.

“Kuykenstrong exists to support the battle against cancer, but we are also preserving the legacy of someone who spent his entire life on a soccer pitch,” Foss said. “Shawn left an indelible mark on the soccer community, so a tournament in his honor, focused on improving the lives of others, is such a fitting way to continue what Shawn started before he died.”

The mission of the Kuykenstrong Foundation is to support children suffering from pediatric cancer and their families. Partnering with the Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center and Dr. Aziza T. Shad, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Kuykenstrong provides financial support, resources, and above all friendship to families at Georgetown University Hospital.

Team registration will be open soon. If you are interested in volunteering at the event please e-mail the Kuykenstrong Foundation at kuykenstrong@gmail.com

The Kuykenstrong Foundation’s application for 501(c)3 non-profit status is currently under review.

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The first year of Kuykenstrong

Photo courtesy of Allison Kuykendall

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Let me begin by expressing my deepest gratitude for the support, friendship, and love Kuykenstrong has been given in the past year by each of you. It has been an emotional journey for many of us. A year ago, we all felt an unfathomable loss with Shawn’s passing. In the following months, Shawn’s family and friends organized Kuykenstrong in accord with his final wishes.

Partnering with Georgetown University Hospital, Kuykenstrong has begun working with the pediatric oncology/hematology clinic to support their patients, families, and doctors. Georgetown University is on the cutting edge of cancer research and offers some of the most comprehensive treatment in the nation. Such inclusive care is made possible by the support and funding of foundations like Kuykenstrong.

In the spirit of the program it helps support, Kuykenstrong’s efforts go beyond finances. Our staff has organized visits to Georgetown to spend with the patients and their families, providing comfort and resources. These visits would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.

The coming year will bring new challenges and opportunities for Kuykenstrong. We submitted our application for non-profit 501(c)3 status in July. When our non-profit status is approved, it will give us greater operating freedom, and allow our donors and business partners to benefit from tax deductions when they choose support the foundation. The 501(c)3 application is an arduous process, and can take anywhere between eight months and two years for organizational approval.

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Our friendships with Major League Soccer, D.C. United, adidas, American University, and George Mason University have Kuykenstrong the opportunity to raise awareness for its cause across the nation. A special thank you to Bob Foose, Todd West, Greg Andrulis, Victor Melara, and Meghan Arbergast for their support.

We also have several new events planned for 2015. We will host our second annual Kuykenstrong D.C. College Cup at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., in addition to our first Shawn Kuykendall Memorial youth soccer tournament. We will also host our first silent auction, featuring items provided exclusively to us by adidas, MLS, U.S. Soccer, and Landon Donovan. Be sure to visit Kuykenstrong.com for details of all of our upcoming events.

Allow me to close as I began and thank you for your support over the past year. It would not be possible to make Shawn’s dream a reality without your help and support.

Sincerely,
Mike Foss

Chairman

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