Diplomats to Compete in B+ Soccer Classic

Diplomats to Compete in B+ Soccer Classic

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's men's soccer team will compete at the 2nd Annual B+ College Classic fundraising tournament on Saturday, April 14 at the Kirkwood Soccer Complex in New Castle, Del.

The Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation started the event last year to honor the memory of Andrew McDonough, a 14-year-old athlete from Wilmington, Del. McDonough went from playing four soccer games on a Saturday in Jan. 2007 to cardiac arrest and a diagnosis of leukemia and sepsis just 48 hours later. After a valiant 167-day battle, Andrew passed away on July 14, 2007. The B+ Foundation provides financial assistance to families of children with cancer and funds research into childhood cancers and improved treatment.

While the foundation serves many purposes, its overall goal is to "Do Good." The B+ Foundation has three primary objectives: provide financial support to families with critically ill children; fund medical research for pediatric cancers; and proliferate the B+ message.

The annual tournament gives the community an opportunity to watch high-level college soccer, provides the participating teams with quality spring tune-ups, and, most importantly, raises awareness and money for the fight against childhood cancers.

The men's bracket, named the Andrew McDonough Bracket, will include F&M, Delaware, Navy, St. Joseph's, Lafayette, Temple and Millersville. The Diplomats will compete against Lafayette and Millersville.

This event hits close to home for a pair of Diplomats, as Sam Lane and David Rosenfeld both played club soccer with Andrew.

For additional information about the tournament and the B+ Foundation, visit www.BePositive.org.