NEW BRITAIN - Connecticut United Football Club and Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute are teaming up to strike down cancer.
On Sunday, Sept. 23, CT United will host the Lancaster Lions in the inaugural match in the newly formed Intercontinental Premier League at Veterans Memorial Stadium starting at 5 p.m. that will also be a charity match.
All tickets for the charity match and the 2018-19 IPL season opener are $10 with a portion of the proceeds going directly to the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Tickets can be purchased online 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,” said Connecticut United President Greg Bajek 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. Recently my mother was diagnosed with cancer and it floored me because here’s a healthy woman and the rock of our family now going through treatments. To set up a charity match to help strike down cancer is something very positive.”
United FC was originally scheduled to play the charity match in August, but with recently added sponsorship and business opportunities the date was pushed back.
“We are so grateful to the Connecticut United Football Club for arranging this wonderful opportunity to support our cancer services,” said Amanda Nardiello, the director of philanthropy. “We hope everyone has a great time at the game, and together, we will help defeat cancer in our communities.”
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.
As for the opponent, CT United previously played the Lions when both were members of the American Soccer League (ASL). 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 for the third division in the second year.
“We welcome Lancaster to play in this charity game and are glad they could oblige on this historic night and launch of Connecticut United and the IPL,” Bajek said. “This will give our fan base a chance to see two competitive sides go at it in a regular season match. It’s really good to be back in Connecticut.”