EVANSTON, Ill. - Last Sunday, the Wildcat men's soccer team collaborated with the Northwestern chapter of Dance Marathon and the B+ foundation for an AYSO clinic in the Trienens indoor practice facility. Members of the NU Big Ten champion men's soccer team worked with clinic participants, which included B+ heroes, on various soccer drills and games during the two-hour session.
The B+ Foundation holds a special place in the hearts of the NU men's soccer team as alum Eamon O'Neill ('09) is the Midwest Regional Director of the charitable organization. B+ honors the memory of Andrew McDonough, a 14-year-old athlete and student from Wilmington, Del. In 2007, Andrew helped lead his team to victory in a state championship soccer tournament. Within 48 hours, he was in cardiac arrest and diagnosed with Luekemia (AML). The doctors didn't expect Andrew to live through the night, but he fought for 167 days. B+ not only reflected Andrew's blood type, but the way he lived his life and how he inspired others to do the same.
The B+ Foundation is the beneficiary for the 2012 Dance Marathon and also partnered with the men's soccer team during the 2011 season. Prior to the regular season home finale vs. Indiana, Dance Marathon members collected donations with all proceeds going towards the B+ Foundation.
This clinic is just one of many initiatives Northwestern Athletics has partnered with Dance Marathon on in their support of raising awareness and funds for B+ during the 2011-12 school year. Dance Marathon continues to raise money for the organization at various athletic events and B+ Heroes have been guests on the sidelines at NU football games and practices and will have a presence at an upcoming men's basketball game.
For more information on the B+ Foundation, visit www.bepositive.org or contact NU men's soccer alum Eamon O'Neill (firstname.lastname@example.org).