In a unique challenge by their coach, Grand Haven’s Bob Schmidt, the team performed a juggling drills to see how many they could do in a row before the ball touched the ground. The challenge soon turned into a “Juggle-A-Thon,” as players took pledges from friends, family and other supporters throughout the community for each successful juggle of the soccer ball. The proceeds from the team fundraiser would benefit the DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.
“I wanted to challenge them to become better soccer players and at the same time raise money for a good cause,” Schmidt said. “Since the 10 girls on my team were blessed with being healthy, it seemed appropriate to help some kids that are having a tougher time.”
Schmidt said he’s been pleased by not only the improvement his team showed in mastering the skill, but also the money they were able to generate for a good cause.
“In the fall, the best a player could do was probably 2-3 juggles,” he said. “We finished juggling on Sunday, June 12, with Sophia Grimmer winning the challenge by juggling her ball 22 times before it dropped to the ground. Kaleigh Fritsche came in second with 19.”
Overall, the team raised $1,000 during the fundraiser, which they donated during a June 15 tour of the hospital.