Chelmsford High girls’ soccer takes up Community Service Challenge – Lowell Sun

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) named the Chelmsford High School girls’ soccer team as winners in the first half of the 2021-22 MIAA Community Service Challenge. Members of the MIAA Student Advisory Committee reviewed 161 recommendations before selecting the winner.
The Chelmsford High School girls’ soccer team has dedicated itself to its final game of the season in honor of their friend and teammate, Emily Myerson. Emily passed away in March 2021 due to medical problems and the team wanted to make sure they respected and knew her during soccer. In addition to raising money for the Emily Myerson Scholarship Fund, Emily’s jersey number was retired, a team representing the T-shirts they made to show their support for her family.
“Emily was there and will always be a big part of our team and our lives,” said coach Leah Potcner. “He was very confident and had a great partner and friend. She always had a smile on her face and the way she worked was admirable and contagious. ”
In addition to dedicating this season to Myerson and naming him as an honorable captain, it was important for the team to have a game played with his respect, with a direct benefit to his base.
The final match was played at Simonian Stadium against Groton-Dunstable. Emily’s father, Peter, principal of the Swallow Union Elementary School in Dunstable and the Swallow Union Community, has been a great source of support to the Myerson family as well. The event was organized and hosted by Myerson Family, Emily’s Friends, CHS Girls Soccer Team, and coach Potcner.
“It shows the power of Emily ‘Inner Circle’ to take such a tragedy and turn it into an amazing community celebration,” said Chelmsford Athletic Director Dan Hart. “Emily was admired by her classmates, teachers, teachers, friends and everyone else who touched her. It was fitting that in a game played in Emily’s memory, Simonian Stadium was filled with members of the Chelmsford Community all donating “EM3” Shirts. The amount of time and effort they all put in honoring Emily was encouraging and moving. Emily was very popular with the people, and the event was a good reminder for her. ”
According to Potcner, the team really appreciates the insight from the MIAA as it brings attention to Emily’s foundation. “Emily has set the bar high,” Potcner said. “We will always live up to the standard of excellence he maintained for himself every day, both outside and outside the stadium.”
A total of 161 community service projects were submitted between August and December 2021. 9,304 student athletes participated in some form of community service project. In total, $ 219,663 was raised due to charitable causes and 36,957 hours donated by MIAA students. Concord-Carlisle High School and Bedford High School were selected as the runners-up in their amazing Kicks fundraising campaign for Cancer. The awards will take place at the schools concerned in the coming weeks.

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