Girls Soccer – Ocean to Host 3rd Mya’s Cup Thursday
Ocean Township High School will host the third annual Mya's Cup game between the Spartans and Red Bank Catholic girls soccer teams Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the Spartans' turf field. Proceeds and donations collected at the game will go toward aiding the family of a child stricken with a form of pediatric cancer.
Mya's Cup started three years ago as a fundraiser for an Ocean Township girl named Mya Lin Terry, who battled both Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and Secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia over a period of 5 1/2 years. After three relapses and three stem cell transplants, Mya's battle ended in April of 2013.
The proceeds from Mya's Cup last season went to young Ocean residents Tori Lee and Logan Parker, both of whom are still fighting cancer. This year, money raised at the game will go to 15-year-old Justin Condoluci, a Brielle resident and Ocean native who is facing his third relapse after a bone marrow transplant last September. He is set to undergo an experimental treatment at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia in the coming weeks.
The game itself will pit two strong Shore Conference Class B North programs in one of the two meetings the two play against one another during the regular season. Ocean defeated Red Bank Catholic - last year's Shore Conference Tournament champion - in each of the first two cup games, both of which went to overtime. The winner is presented with the Mya's Cup trophy, donated by Perry's Trophy Company in Long Branch.
Admission to Thursday's game is free and there will be opportunities to make donations. Proceeds made from food, t-shirt and 50-50 sales will also be donated to Justin Condoluci's family.