Story posted May 20, 2010
On Saturday, May 8th, 115 students flocked to Farley Field House for the inaugural "Lose the Shoes" 3v3 soccer tournament at Bowdoin. "Lose the Shoes" is a growing fundraising campaign by Grassroots Soccer to raise funds to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa. This year, the Bowdoin tournament also connected with the Frannie Peabody Center in Maine to focus on and raise money for HIV and AIDS efforts here in Maine.
The event, spearheaded by Bowdoin student Kat Flaherty '11, was not only a soccer tournament and fundraiser, but also a platform for educating the Bowdoin and Brunswick community about the issue. 90 students participated in the tournament on 3v3 teams and 25 more came out to listen to the speakers and watch the event. As Kat put it, "That's 115 more people, and one entire more school actively involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS." John Sheffield and Jess Long, both from the Frannie Peabody Center, spoke to those in attendance about how HIV and AIDS are affecting families here in Maine. In total, the event raised around $ 900 - which will be divided between Grassroots Soccer and the Frannie Peabody Center.
This event would not have been possible without the hard work of Kat Flaherty '11 and with the help of Bowdoin's Student Global Aids Campaign, the Men's and Women's Varsity Soccer teams, Katie Bergeron ‘11, Casey Blossom ‘13, Anna Tachau ‘12, and Elisabeth Wong '11.