On Jan. 12, Harker’s upper school boys and girls soccer teams held their annual Kicks Against Cancer event at Davis Field, raising nearly $8,000. The goal for this year’s fundraiser was to send four child cancer survivors to Camp Okizu, a camp program that specializes in activities and care for young cancer patients and survivors and their families.
Funds were raised by selling tickets (which came with a commemorative T-shirt) and bracelets during lunch on the days leading up to the event. A special fund for faculty and staff was also set up so they could have the option of donating an amount of their choosing. Michael Anthony’s Salon in Saratoga also helped fund the effort, graciously donating proceeds from all transactions made on Jan. 9, in addition to offering a 50 percent discount on haircuts and treatments and a 30 percent discount on all hair care products.
During the halftimes of both games, several teachers and coaches volunteered to be targets in the classic soccer-based game of “Butts Up,” during which they bent over in front of the goal while audience members took turns making penalty kicks at them.
The varsity girls soccer team lost to Pinewood 0-3, and the boys team defeated Eastside College Prep 3-0.