Centenary and LSUS Soccer Team Up for Mayor's Cup to Benefit March of Dimes
Sunday, September 11, 2011
SHREVEPORT-Centenary and LSUS Soccer have teamed up to join forces in providing Shreveport with a cross-town collegiate soccer contest referred to as the Mayor's Cup that will benefit March of Dimes. The 1st Annual game is slated to begin Monday, Sept. 12 at Centenary's Mayo Field.

The women's game will begin at 5 pm, followed by the men's game at 7 pm.

"In my nearly twenty years of involvement with Centenary Soccer, this is the first "cross-town" collegiate game for the Centenary men's soccer program, here in Shreveport," said head men's soccer coach David Orr.

"Northwest Louisiana has taken a step forward in the soccer community with the addition of LSU-Shreveport Pilot's Soccer. We're not ready to tab this match a rivalry just yet, but rather a great challenge. This is really exciting for both LSUS and Centenary along with the NW Louisiana soccer community."

2011 will mark the beginning of an annual tradition between Centenary and LSUS Soccer. The two teams will alternate locations of competition each year with Centenary hosting the inaugural Cup. The winners of both the women's and men's game will return to their institutions with a "Mayor's Cup" trophy signifying the year's victory.

This year's doubleheader matchup will benefit Shreveport's March of Dimes. All proceeds made during the event will report directly to Shreveport's local chapter.

With no admission charge, fans and members of the Shreveport community are encouraged to participate and help support March of Dimes by giving donations, purchasing t-shirts and hamburgers and hotdogs off the grill from the cookout.

"When we initially scheduled the match between Centenary and LSU-Shreveport last Fall, Gent's soccer players expressed a desire to make this game meaningful to those in the community," said Orr.

"Centenary Soccer is proud to be part of the Shreveport Community and to assist the North Louisiana chapter of the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes is an incredible organization that my family has supported since the premature birth of our son, Camden in 2008. Camden was born a micro-preemie (under 2 lbs)," said Orr.

You can learn more about Camden's amazing journey at www.caringbridge.org/visit/camdenorr.

"We became familiar with organizations, such as the March of Dimes, that assisted children and babies going through rough times, like ours. This past Spring, Camden, Camden's NICU nurses, my family, my wife's family and our friends participated in a March of Dimes "Walk for Babies" fundraiser. The NW Louisiana community showed great support for the March of Dimes and all of us witnessed how this great organization has assisted so many children and families."

"Mike Aguilar, LSUS head soccer coach, also has a connection with the March of Dimes, thus the natural instinct to create this opportunity for a great organization. Our hope is that the Centenary community, LSUS community and the NW Louisiana soccer communities all come out to support the March of Dimes and enjoy the Inaugural Mayor's Cup between Centenary Soccer and LSU-Shreveport Soccer. There will be a great atmosphere at the game along with grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes," said Orr, encouraging fans to come out to Mayo Field on Sept. 12.

Following each contest, there will be a special presentation given to the winner of the Cup.

March of Dimes is a national non-profit organization that helps to improve the health of moms and babies. The March of Dimes provides mothers, pregnant women and women of childbearing age with educational resources on baby health, pregnancy, preconception and new motherhood, as well as supplying information and support to families affected by prematurity, birth defects, or other infant health problems.

For more information, please contact Centenary Sports Information Director, Allison McClain at amcclain2@centenary.edu or at (318) 869.5092.