Soccer for Hope is a non-profit organization that was started in 1998 by Oliver and Jamie Wyss. In 1997, Oliver Wyss was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a rare blood disorder that ended his career as a professional soccer player. Several years later, Oliver and Jamie’s children, Hudson and Abella, were both diagnosed with rare and cancerous brain tumors. Hudson passed away in 2008, at just three years old; Abella recently lost her battle in December of 2013. From this, Soccer for Hope has developed a mission to focus on childhood cancer research, awareness and support.
The California State University of Fullerton Women’s soccer team has had a decade-long standing relationship with Soccer for Hope. The team has always been supportive of the non-profit’s mission, lending time and effort to help run the annual camp affair for the organization.
However, it was only recently that the team was finally able to dedicate an exhibition game to the cause in the hopes of raising awareness for childhood cancer. In an article for The Daily Titan, the relationship between the team was summarized, as well as the results published. Unfortunately, however, the soccer team lost the game to the Big West champions, two to zero. Despite the loss, the community turnout for the game was impressive. Therefore, Soccer for Hope believes the event was very successful and allowed for the word to be spread on the issue. Camp for the organization will be held as per usual this summer. The California State University of Fullerton Women’s soccer team will continue to dedicate their efforts, time and energy to the cause.