When Dawson died Oct. 3 from breast cancer, it left a huge void in the entire Pleasanton soccer community. Fueled by a desire to honor the legacy of Dawson, a parent who volunteered her time on the club and high school level, the people involved with Amador soccer felt there was only one way to pay respect to both Dawson and her family -- have a soccer game in her honor.
On Saturday, the Dons will play host to Richmond in the "Kick for the Cure," game, a 1 p.m. contest at Amador Valley High School.
The proceeds for the game will go to the Ryan Comer Cancer Research Library at ValleyCare Medical Center. Comer was a former youth soccer player in Pleasanton, who also died of cancer.
There will be no cost for admission to the game, but donations will be welcomed. In addition, Amador will be selling pink hooded sweatshirts at the game, which were donated by Adidas, as well as book angels, which can be dedicated to the memory of someone who was lost to cancer. There will also be pink wristbands for sale, which will have "Kick for the Cure," imprinted on them.
The Amador Leadership program will be selling baked goods and the snack bar will be open as well, with all money collected going to ValleyCare and the Ryan Comer Library.
Representatives from ValleyCare will also be on hand to pass out literature in both English and Spanish regarding breast cancer, and will be available to answer questions. There will also be students from Amador's AP Spanish classes on hand to act as interpreters if necessary.
Finally, the Amador boy's team will be wearing pink jersey tops in honor of the day and Adidas has supplied enough wristbands for the players on both teams, as well as the referees to wear the day of the game.