The Fort Lee Soccer League is one of finest local athletic programs in North Jersey. It provides opportunities for more than 600 children ages five to 14 from Fort Lee and other local communities.
These children are offered development programs, in-town teams, travel teams and summer camp programs.
Recently, the Fort Lee Soccer League has also shown that it has a “heart” and wants to be an integral part of the community.
They have reached out to the Fort Lee High School soccer program and worked with the coaches to bring the programs “in sync” with each other to share equipment and work together so that young soccer players are more prepared to integrate into the high school programs.
The Fort Lee Soccer League has been working on other community programs as well.
October was national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in order to promote breast cancer awareness and encourage children to become involved, all of the players on several travel teams, both boys and girls, wore pink socks for the games.
On the right are pictures of the U-10 and U-14 girls travel teams, showing the smiling faces of Fort Lee players.
For the U-10 girls, Arielle Jacus, a team member, and her sister, Isabella, were instrumental in providing the impetus to wear the pink socks. They currently have a 26-year-old cousin suffering from breast cancer, a young woman with no previous history.
It is noteworthy that Arielle and Isabella are also participating in another charitable endeavor, “Locks for Love,” where hair is donated to make wigs for cancer patients with severe hair loss from chemotherapy.
Currently, the league is working with John Damato and his family to gather clothing and canned goods to be delivered to families that have been disenfranchised by Hurricane Sandy.
In this time of adversity for many families, the Fort Lee Soccer League is showing true community spirit.