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8/30/2016 Member News
Rowdies Spearhead NASL Initiative to "Go Gold" in September For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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CONTACT: Nico Castillo, PR Director, Tampa Bay Rowdies, ncastillo@rowdiessoccer.com,

813-527-1376

Laura Eicher, Coordinator, “Go Gold” initiative, gogoldchildhoodcancerawareness@gmail.com,

727-560-9229



TAMPA BAY ROWDIES SPEARHEAD NASL INITIATIVE TO “GO GOLD” IN SEPTEMBER FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

St. Petersburg, FL (August 30, 2016) - During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, childhood cancer takes the spotlight as the Tampa Bay Rowdies encourage the community to take action. The Rowdies are working with local survivor Cole Eicher to raise funds and awareness throughout the Tampa Bay region.

“Pediatric cancer is the largest disease killer of children in the United States. For that reason, early on the Rowdies became involved with Cole Eicher and his wonderful family,” Tampa Bay Rowdies Chairman, CEO & Governor Bill Edwards said. “Cole is a survivor, and an amazing 14 year old leader in pediatric cancer research fundraising. Because he survived, he knows what he had to go through, and that God has blessed him. The Rowdies, from the team owner to the players, support Cole and his family in their courageous battle to create awareness and find a cure for this deadly illness.”

As a new initiative this year, the Rowdies are spearheading a North American Soccer League campaign to increase awareness of childhood cancer across the entire country.


During the month of September, the Tampa Bay Rowdies along with 7 other NASL teams (Carolina RailHawks, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven, Miami FC, New York Cosmos, Puerto Rico FC and Rayo OKC) will host a campaign to raise funds and awareness. Each team will fundraise via their personal page on crowdrise.com/gogold. All proceeds go directly towards pediatric cancer research at the American Cancer Society.
The September 17th Rowdies game will feature the “Go Gold” initiative. The Tampa Bay Rowdies will donate $5 from every full-price ticket sold back to Go Gold and the American Cancer Society. Fans can participate in various pre and in-game activities to support fundraising. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Rowdies at 727-222-2000 or by visiting rowdiessoccer.com.
Businesses, restaurants, schools and organizations across the Tampa Bay area are hosting fundraising campaigns and their donations will be presented at half time during the September 17th game. If interested in participating please contact Laura Eicher.

*Available for interviews:


Cole Eicher, 14 year old brain cancer survivor and inspiration of “Go Gold” initiative

Jennifer Howe, Communications Manager, American Cancer Society

Keith Savage, Tampa Bay Rowdies Midfielder

Georgi Hristov, Tampa Bay Rowdies Forward