NEW BRITAIN - Connecticut United Football Club is looking for its relaunch to have an impact.
On Monday, CT United and Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute announced the two organizations are teaming up to “strike down” cancer during a special day of soccer.
On Aug. 10, CT United will host Icon FC, a team from the newly formed International Premier League in a charity match at Veterans Memorial Stadium, starting at 8 p.m. All tickets are $10 with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Tickets can be purchased at www.ctunitedfc.com .
“We were always looking to make an impact in the state of Connecticut and this was the perfect opportunity to start our charitable arm within our organization,” Connecticut United president Greg Bajek said in a statement. “Cancer has impacted the lives of everyone, whether it’s a personal case, a family member, friend, relative, work colleague or neighbor.”
The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. The five Hartford HealthCare hospitals that are part of the Institute are: Backus Hospital, Hartford Hospital, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, MidState Medical Center and Windham Hospital.
“We are so grateful to the Connecticut United Football Club for arranging this wonderful opportunity to support our cancer services,” Amanda Nardiello, the director of philanthropy for the Institute said in a statement. “We hope everyone has a great time at the game, and together, we will help defeat cancer in our communities.”
As for Connecticut United’s opponent, Icon has history in the in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and won the American Soccer League (ASL) title in 2015. United and Icon will open the International Premier League (IPL) inaugural season later this summer as two of the league’s eight founding franchises. The IPL is considered the third division in the United States Soccer Federation’s league pyramid and is currently affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and is targeting probationary status third division for the second year.
“We welcome Icon FC to play in this charity game and are glad they could oblige on this historic night and relaunch of Connecticut United in the IPL,” Bajek says. “We look forward to rekindling the rivalry with Icon but on this night the match will benefit a great organization.”