McPherson College’s men’s soccer team will be hosting the Red Card Classic today and Saturday at McPherson Stadium.
Games today pit Bellevue, Neb. against John Brown (Ark.) at 5:30 p.m., with the undefeated Bulldogs taking on Northwestern of Iowa at 8:00.
On Saturday, John Brown plays Northwestern at 11:30 a.m., with Mac playing Bellevue at 2 p.m.
“The Red Card Cancer Classic discussion began two years ago between all the coaches while in Colorado together at the NSCAA Coaching School,” Mac’s Doug Quint said. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for our players to not only compete against each other, but to also join together for something bigger than the game. We are honored to promote our support for fighting such a dreadful disease that has impacted so many people."
Red Card Cancer (RCC) was founded in 2009 at Bloomsburg University to assist in fundraising for cancer research throughout the Pennsylvania college soccer community. Founder Paul Payne — then head men's soccer coach at Bloomsburg and later president of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) — set out to create a memorial event for his coaching mentor, Joe Bochicchio, who lost his battle with melanoma months prior.
All four teams have been raising funds via the sale of T-shirts and wristbands leading up to the games. Individuals interested in helping the cause may do so by either logging on to Red Card Cancer's website or Facebook page to learn more or by purchasing merchandise any the four schools have been selling.